Why I Do Art Badly

A reflection on the importance of creative pursuits

Years ago, I read The Gate to Women’s Country by feminist science fiction author Sheri S. Tepper. I actually hated the book. However, there was one thing that really struck me. In this particular female-dominated society, every woman was required to study three things. One sport, one art, and one science. All three were required to become a well-rounded adult.

Somehow in our modern western culture, a balanced education has been de-valued and the arts marginalized. Knowing someone who…