The arts are important for all of us, whether or not we ourselves practice a particular discipline. Art, broadly speaking, invites us into contemplation - a rare commodity in modern life. In that moment of contemplation, art intensifies the presence of the world. We see it more vividly and more deeply. The emptiness that many people complain dominates their lives comes partly from a failure to let the world in, perceive it, and engage it fully.
- Thomas Moore, Caring of the Soul