“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” —John Lennon
The above quote is plastered all over the internet but it is an incredibly important one and highlights an issue that is needed more than ever in this current times of economic turmoil.
To me, it is a reminder that there are more important things than careers, profits, and economic success. Yet the politicians would not let you think it so.
I don’t mean to trivialise the very real problems that people are facing from the recession, however it is all too easy to get caught up in numbers and abstractions and forget the things which are right in front of us. As Mary Poppins once said “Some people can’t see past the end of their nose”.
One may think that in times like these, things like the arts, and culture should take a backseat. Education, rather than fulfilling a need of enlightenment or teaching people how to be happy, should sharpen the next generation to be successful slick machines destined to reach the top of this social darwinist jungle out there. I disagree.
In times like these I think we need the arts more than ever. We have a government and a press which aims to cling to power by dividing the nation against sub-class “scroungers” . It is arts and culture that remind us that we are all human. We are a collective force on this planet. Education is about more than what we can measure in terms of Key productivity indicators. It’s more than about money.
Even if we were to play the economic game in defending the arts, I am willing to bet my life savings that John Lennon’s creative output has created far more jobs than any policy introduced by George Osborne.
A Husband who works in copy right law, and his wife, a copywriter, team up to tackle copyright crime. They are called the Wrights and their first task is to tackle a plagiarist copy writer known as the copy copy writer who has been copying the copy of Carpet Right’s website thus breaking copy right law.
America: Hey Hong Kong, how are you? Listen I need a favour…
Hong Kong: You have some nerve!
America: Hey, don’t be like that come on.
Hong Kong: I caught you looking at my texts. That’s not cool.
America: Come on it’s not that bad.
Hong Kong: Whatever America, you broke my trust.
America: Come on it wasn’t even for me. I was doing it as a favour to the UK.
Hong Kong: The UK! THE UK? YOU’VE BEEN SENDING MY PERSONAL INFORMATION TO MY FUCKING EX!
America: Hey now it’s not like that and besides what exactly is the deal with you and China right now? Are you together or are you not together? it’s so confusing.
Hong Kong: Look it’s complicated ok! Being with Britain really messed me up. I just need to take some time and space of my own, to figure out what’s best for me.
America: cool man, cool. But yeah listen, give me that fugitive I want ok.
Hong Kong: For fuck’s sake. You’ve learnt nothing. If you can’t ask properly, you ain’t getting jack shit. Come back when you apologise!