NOTE: I started writing this blog post over a month ago now and I have only decided to come back and finish it now as it seems more relevant. Another update will be posted by next weekend.
Hello everyone 🙂
As you have probably noticed over the past 2 months this blog has very much become a place where I update everyone on what’s been going on in college, and the tone of it (generally speaking) has not been positive. I don’t like that- look! Another negative! 😛 While I am going to try and change that, before I can get to that I feel I just need to say something about this whole art college business. I’m gonna say what I have to say and if you agree, cool; if not, please feel free to have your say in the comments. I will reply to all of them whether I agree or not. Everyone should have the right to have their say.
This isn’t so much a recent thing, I have known the way people think about the majority of people who go to an art college of some variety. “Engineering/Science/Law is way better than art and I’ll do so much more than you ever will because if you even get a degree it won’t be worth shit” or words to that effect. The frustration one feels on hearing these words is not just on a single level. There are many facets to how shitty a thing this is to say to someone, no matter what they’re doing.
If you have followed this blog for a while, or know me in real life you will know that I love lists and so, let’s make another freakin’ list explaining exactly why this isn’t something you should go round yelling at people who don’t do what you do:
- Everyone is different: If we all wanted to be scientists or engineers or lawyers or whatever, there wouldn’t be enough jobs for everyone plus that’s a whole lot of people who think in the same way and that isn’t good for society either, diversity is something that needs to be more embraced by these awful close-minded being who think art is stupid and has no purpose.
- Art is Everywhere: In relation to the last sentence of my previous point, art absolutely has a purpose. In a society where so much of what we do is based around computers and social media I would nearly go as far as to say art and design have never been more important; apps, web page layout, the video games you play. Then of course there are the more conventional areas of design like logos and clothing and packaging. Art and design can literally be seen everywhere. Maybe good design in particular goes unnoticed; but as soon as something is bad people will be sure to let you know.
- It’s MY Choice: People really need to learn to get off the backs of others. Why is it fair to put me down because of what I like, but as soon as I question why a person chose what they did I am suddenly being ‘rude’ and ‘disrespectful’? That’s not fair. What it is is bullshit. I’m not forcing the person to do what I want to do so they should stop trying to force their ideas of what I “should” be doing on me. It is none of their business.
As I mentioned in the little note at the top of this blog, this ‘rant’ has been a long time coming but I just felt the need to say something just because some people feel this overwhelming right to belittle others and that is totally not cool! Everyone has the right to their own passions and interests and as a good human being generally speaking it is your responsibility to respect their choices.
I think that’s just about all I have to say on the subject right now! Please let me know in the comments what you think of this post/have you ever been belittled for what you like doing or anything else that you think might be related to this piece.
Until next time,