Monday, February 27, 2012
religion for atheists
alain de botton's books make me a better person. he has an ability to look thoroughly at things to find their most meaningful qualities. what i love about his new book is that he's not just writing about it, he's partnering with people to bring to life the change he's asking for. read about it here.
"Try to imagine what would happen if modern secular museums took the example of churches more seriously. What if they too decided that art had a specific purpose - to make us good and wise and kind - and tried to use the art in their possession to prompt us to be so? What if they gave up on the neutral, bland captions they tend to use, and put beneath each picture a really directive set of commands, telling us, for example, ‘Look at this image and remember to be patient’ - or ‘Use this sculpture to medidate on what you too could do to bring about a fairer world?"