Some people like to mock art and culture. Certain forms of expression like classical music, poetry, painting, and sculpting probably take more heat than they deserve. I'm not here to tell you that you should love all of that, but I think it's worth considering the power of art, even in the Bitcoin and liberty spheres. Some art might deserve a brief scoff, but as a whole, art is not nearly as obscure as some people tend to think.
I imagine that in most cases, when people malign art, they don't mean exactly what they say. Perhaps they mean that classical art is not exciting. Perhaps they mean that abstract art doesn't make sense. Perhaps they mean that reading poetry bores them. Those can all be legitimate confessions in some situations, but I'm nearly certain that those people do not mean to say that all art is worthless, useless, or meaningless.
What it really comes down to is a matter of taste. If you don't like opera, that's fine, but I'd have a hard time believing someone who claimed to never enjoy music. The truth is that we all listen to music on a regular basis. We also watch movies and read books. We can even find elements of style and culture in our food and clothing.
We could chat for ages about the history of art and the psychology behind its importance, but we'll save that for another day. The bottom line is that art matters. It has been an insanely strong influence throughout human history and still is today.
That's exactly why art should matter to every Bitcoin lover. If we want to successfully share the ideals associated with cryptocurrency, we need to be influential. It's a good thing to desire the liberty that comes with Bitcoin, but there can be no lasting results unless we spread our message. Art is the perfect tool for that.
Not everyone has the artist's touch (I know I don't!), but we can all find art that we admire and we all have the ability to share what we like. I recently came across The Bitcoin Art Gallery, which has some fascinating content. As you browse the site's memes, digital art, cartoons, photos, and more, you're sure to find something that will make you smile.
One Bitcoin song I love is John Barrett's Ode to Satoshi.
I'd also you encourage you to check out John Stuart's new show, Bitcoin and the Arts, which is a special monthly edition of our YMB podcast. As a Bitcoin-loving musician, John is the perfect guy to share the exciting things happening in crazy space where the two worlds overlap.
Leave a comment and let us know about some of your favorite Bitcoin art!