The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities
What I Did for Love
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Diversity: the love of thinking independently together. —Malcolm Forbes
Today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities continues to focus on love and commitment.
For the Love of Science
Science is not only a disciple of reason, but also one of romance and passion. —Stephen Hawking
Given obvious concerns, let’s look at climate science since government-supported scientific information in this area is no longer accessible to the public—as of late January 2017.
Ninety-seven percent of actively publishing climate scientists and the National Academy of Science recognize the ever-growing scientific facts that clearly support accelerated man-made climate change and the urgency of acting on solutions.
Last month the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that 2016 was the hottest year on record for our planet, with the two previous hottest years on record being 2015 and 2014.
There is an overwhelming consensus among international economists that a fossil fuel carbon tax is an essential policy tool for driving down carbon emissions that play a role in climate change. Solving this problem needs to become a bipartisan commitment once again, and we all need to make personal commitments to lower our carbon footprints, sooner rather than later.
Many well-meaning voters have been led to believe there is no consensus about global warming in the scientific community. This is clearly misinformation.
The questions to ask ourselves:
1. Who is best served by scientific misinformation?
2. How do we graciously overcome political one-sidedness on both sides of the aisle?
3. What can each of us do to bring our country back together?
We desperately need to learn to celebrate our differences to make our country truly great.
If you have major concerns about climate change, let your elected representatives know you support funding climate science, and public access to that science.
For the Love of Art
Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees. —Marcel Proust
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes arts education. It distributes and stimulates grants and funding, and it administers an important program that minimizes the costs of insuring arts exhibitions through indemnity agreements backed by the government. Without this government backing, major exhibits of the great art of the world will not be available to the public in many cities around our country.
Next fall, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art will host a major exhibition on Michelangelo that will bring together masterpieces and viewers from all over the world.The insurance valuation is around $2.4 billion—not even the prestigious Met could come close to paying the premium for this coverage without the federal indemnity the NEA makes possible.
A recent article on the Opinion Page of the New York Times reported, "the NEA’s budget was $148 million last year, or a minuscule 0.004 percent of the total federal budget. The sector it supports employs millions of Americans and generates billions each year in revenue and tax dollars."
If art and museums are important to you and your family, let your elected representative know you support funding the NEA.
For the Love of Music
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. —Plato
Music is the greatest creation of man. It touches our souls and also helps us manifest unspoken desire and humanity. It is capable of breaking boundaries to unite people from different backgrounds and cultural heritage.
Music education, as part of an integrated curriculum, creates lifelong appreciation of music and the arts, as well as enhancing communication and collaboration skills. It also helps children discover who they are as people and their relationship to their fellow human beings. I can’t imagine loving my life without access to music.
If music is important to you and your family, let your representatives know that you support federal funding of music education.
For the Love of Humanities
It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it. —Oscar Wilde
According to my favorite journalist, we need the humanities. They help us study our past, understand our present, and prepare for the future. Considering the entrenched conflicts in our country and around the world—wouldn’t we all benefit from civil exchanges of perspectives and critical reasoning about human values and traditions?
If continued funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is of concern, let your elected representative know.
Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited. —Margaret Mead
Have a thoughtful last Sunday in February 2017.
Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff
"What I Did for Love" is a favorite Marvin Hamlisch tune from the Broadway musical, A Chorus Line. The video is from the television show, Glee.
For those interested in revisiting the other love-focused February 2017 Sunday Morning Stops at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities here they are:
Feb 05: The Month of Love
Feb 12: For Our Valentine's
Feb 19: Passion & Commitment