Obama Forgets the Artists. Just Like Everybody Else.

Via Saraswati J.
on Sep 9, 2009
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by Sarah Miller
picture-110I just listened to Barack Obama’s speech to the students that he gave at an Arlington, Virginia school. It had a tone of fatherly love and sternness. It was well done and highly necessary. Youth are of the utmost [or should be] concern to society. We don’t honor them enough if you ask me- but that’s another post.

Something struck me about the speech- it appears to be rampant in our Western culture. Professional jobs like doctors, lawyers, scientists and teachers are given credit for shaping our country- and its future. These jobs require a college degree and “serious, studious” types. Great. Great for all the doctors and lawyers.

But, why oh why are the arts never represented or at best underrepresented?! Why picture-214are artists, writers, musicians and actors left out of the “professional career” label? What is wrong with a society that doesn’t honor creativity, expression and passionate undertakings? [Of course we’ll find that a lack of funding correlates to this lack of appreciation.] I personally have many theories about this lack of art appreciation and just how dangerous it is for our future society and culture.

The greatest societies of yesteryear honored the artist and recognized their important role in culture, society and the fabric of life. They were honored as being some of the few who could express the spiritual and the language of God. And throughout history it’s the artist who has been able to get away with saying that which has often been considered treason in other realms. Think of the court jester….

When will the artist get the credit, and monetary support, that they[we] deserve?! When will we elect an artist as our next president?



About Saraswati J.

Saraswati J. is a Jyotish Coach and Consultant, bridging ancient Jyotish wisdom with Embodiment and Expressive Art Therapy resources. Her Jyotish work is especially well suited to the extra sensitive artists, mystics and healers—and those who need insights for their dharmic path and personal transformation process. Check out her website and find her on Facebook. You can join her newsletter for special astrological insights or register for her weekly Jyotish Basics classes for an extra dose of healing wisdom. Additionally, she creates unique adornments with the urban goddess in mind. Check out her jewelry at Swati Jr* Jewelry and also on Facebook.


One Response to “Obama Forgets the Artists. Just Like Everybody Else.”

  1. Ann says:

    Artists reflect the consciousness of society. They are mirrors reflecting the social, political, emotional and spiritual climate of the times. Art can express the unexpressable. Through art we see ourselves more clearly. Artistic expression should be cultivated, encouraged, nurtured and valued. I, too, wish the president had thought to include the arts as he encouraged youth to stay in school. Art may be the only reason some students stay in school.