It is well known in cognitive science that if you are pessimistic, you sound smarter. But pessimism should be seen for what it is — failure of imagination.
Image: biking idyll in Allegany County, NY
For some reason, we think that poetry is this thing you do on the side, once you get your math done or your science done. Same thing with writing or any of the things we call “the arts” – there’s this idea that they’re just an elective, they’re just decoration, and they have nothing to do with our survival … or why we can stand to be here.
That’s the reason I’ve made it to 53 – because of finding these things that poetry or painting or place contain. That’s the stuff of mental health, and we ignore it at our peril."
Perhaps Wordsworth was right when he wrote that “poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge.”(via explore-blog)