Question: Either STRONGLY agree or disagree with the statement,“music, art and literature are of more value than science and technology in the world”.
The verity is, science and arts are tantamount to, not paramount over, each other
“Science, by definition, is soulless.” Eddy, an almost ardent artist, gave this utterance one day. Edo, Eddy’s brother, an equally fervent physicist, naturally took a different view. He argued that arts of any kind was over-sentimental, and all artists were living in a fairy-tale world. Both of them, and indeed both, have their points. But these points are, however sound they may sound, as the Book of Ecclesiastes says, nothing new under the sun. In fact, similar arguments can be found in fossil.
While the debate over the proposition “music, art and literature are of more value than science and technology in the world” is not new, it is ferocious. Whether zealous scientists or the horde of fanatical artists won is out of what I can determine. What I do know is that, science and art were once, as they now are, at war. A meaningless war, in my opinion. Branches of the same antler as they originally are, under no circumstance should they now be antagonistic to each other.
To begin with, what is science? From Internet, electronic communications, medicine, to genetic manipulation, it has provided us much to mitigate the miseries of ailment and toil. All the while, the perceived utopia, “Global village”, has also been promised. Friends on the other side of the Earth are all one click away. Trifling as these may seem, but it is only because we have got too used to technology, and thus become less appreciative of it.
However, it is the nature of science which really contributes to the stability of our society. For even the most essential knowledge to be formed, regularities in our nervous system must consistently cohere with the regularities in the external environment. We know that total coherence, even in the most integrated brain, is impossible. It is not even a dream in a dream to say that the world we currently live and view is free from contradiction. It is science, which has given us a list of orders that help us comprehend our complex world; it is science, which has promoted reason and offered us logical thinking. From science, we draw strength as an individual and also a society.
Yet, human beings cannot just live by reason alone. Paradoxically, human regularities, most being consistent throughout one’s life, comprise also inadvertence. Once the terrors, the eternal torment since your birth, tangibly intrude upon your life and threaten to destroy you, reason seems particularly futile. Hence humans turn to the bliss everlasting, arts. Artistic sense, whether born of the fear of leaving nothing on earth after one’s own death, or purely a love of beauty, or both, appears intrinsic. By immersing yourself in arts, you find consolation, a temporary peace, and any good spiritual experience you can name. Arts, music, literature, painting, and so on, does pose a positively blithesome effect on people.
So both science and arts have their grandeur, which will win the windy war? Probably no one can tell. However, in reality, neither the truly brilliant scientists, nor the most sophisticated artist, would profess to prescribe victory. They would studiously, at the same time quietly, plow their own fields. At their enlightened hearts, I believe, does not lurk the idea of ruling out the other. I truly believe Eddy and Edo, too, would acknowledge that science and arts are parts of the whole story of humanity after all, when they finally quit the stage of callowness.