First of all, it was a VERY interesting night. Second, the topic was one close to my heart:
"What is the role of art in today's culture?"
At it's surface, this topic may appear to be quite mundane, but I can assure you that the dialogue was quite animated. I won't go into great detail and to be honest, it's a bit hard to describe the process. I encourage you to check it out for yourself.
Here are a few things that I took away from the evening:
- There is a definite generational gap in our society - those that have been there and done that, and those who are still trying to get there
- Those who have experience are typically more cynical than those without
- The older generation is still trying to convince the younger one that the past is much better then the future
- Despite the circumstances, younger people are still trying to make a difference in the world
- The older generation think first and feel later...the younger feel first and think later
- Typically the older generation tend to be more conservative; the younger more liberal
At my age, I find myself in the middle of both camps. My experiences have given me wisdom (at times!) but I still feel that passion burning inside of me that I MUST make a difference. I still want to dream and create and scream and fight and to let everyone know that we can embrace change. It won't be perfect (and neither are we) and sometimes it will get messy. But that doesn't mean it won't be worth it. That doesn't invalidate the idea.
Sometimes opening up a discussion about a topic as simple (and complex) as art can stimulate a whole new world of thinking. And that is not a bad place to be.
What has stimulated your thinking lately?