Is Entertainment Important?

Is being an entertainer or artist important for society? Whether you’re an actor or a CG animator, does your job really contribute to the wellbeing of mankind? Sure, these jobs pay plenty, but do they actually help us all? Entertainment doesn’t feed anyone, it doesn’t build shelters, it doesn’t filter water…

Currently, I’m working on my third novel, and it involves a small population of refugees from war-torn cities creating a new society of their own. And I believe a necessary part of building a society is making sure it has a successful entertainment industry. So, my answer to my question is yes, I think entertainment is crucial.

I suppose, in a way, it’s the most important part of society and culture. It’s the reason to work in the first place. After the farm has been maintained, the shelter has been built, and the food has been prepared, we need something to make it worthwhile. Survival is one thing, living is another. What’s the point of surviving if there’s nothing enjoyable apart from that?

Entertainment alone is not the whole picture. After all, entertainment is all derived from art, and art is human expression. We all enjoy different art for different reasons, so when it comes down to it, we all enjoy each other’s imagination. Not to mention, imagination inspires us to innovate and advance, which improves life even more.

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