Honor Thy Creatives
I caught the Egyptian "Quest for Immortality" at the Frist Center during its last weekend in Nashville. Comparisons to other metropolitan museums aside, the exhibit reminded me of that ancient society's deep appreciation for artistic talent. In their lifelong effort to conquer death, ancient Egyptians relied on painters and sculptors to help them connect with the eternal, and on their scribes to validate their mortal existences, making their human stories more real, tangible, and lasting.
I can't help but wonder how and when our modern culture did away with this high regard for the power of writers and artists to transcend the natural--and to document our short stay on this Earth for the benefit of future generations.
We all owe the artistically talented in our lives a little more appreciation.