Arts and Entertainment

Do you know the value cost of the entertainment business? 
The billions of dollars that funnel into systems designed to make film?

Movie Stars, Actors even bystanders on film sets make more pretending to be the people we claim to care about such as teachers, nurses and front line workers than these workers could ever dream of making themselves.

Yet we glorify their stories on the big screen. 
And cry for their stories while we buy another ticket to the movies and more popcorn.

Plus we willingly give our attention to advertisers in the meantime. 
Allowing ourselves to be programmed.

For the sake of convenience. 
For the sake of comfort.

For some it feels easier to turn on the TV and distract their brains with gibberish.
Easier than sitting with their own feelings, or with each other.

Now all this is not to detract from the beauty of creation; 
so maybe entertainment can be separated from art.

Art, I feel — is anything that stirs the soul. 
While entertainment seduces the ego.

Art is consumed in order to be in touch with beauty, expression and truth. 
While entertainment provides hedonic pleasure.

Art is here to teach us and take us to a higher plain.
Entertainment muddles the way, and re-solidifies the normative culture.

Art has no true price. 
While entertainment costs us millions.

Millions in time and attention. 
Time and attention which funnels into industries of greed and sloth. 
Leaving heart fuelled with no attention bandwidth left.
Because we spend all our bandwidth on entertainment. 
And we’re too exhausted to care.

But we’re good people at heart. We know the importance of education. 
The importance of medicine. 
The importance of sharing.

Maybe if we shifted our attention towards our (s)he-arts, 
we might find something more worth while than (not-so) cheap entertainment.

Grace Davies