Sunday, February 7, 2010

Quality Cartoon: Toyota and the rest

This cartoon idea came to me a result of hearing about Toyota having issues with the accelerator pedal in some of it’s models and some of the stories that where being put out there as result of that piece of news. Then apparently Ford might have a couple of models that may have some issues with a couple of their Hybrid models was another little piece of news that hit the wire a few days later. The other auto companies seem to be untouched from these types of problems for now.

I thought about quality at that point. It used to be that American cars where quality made then it fell off a little and some foreign cars took the mantle of quality for some time. Until the slide in car sales, American made cars where doing a good job at making a come back. I guess quality is apparently a cyclical a commodity as many other things in life, at least that’s the way it looks from my view right now. Anyway, I started to think wow, its kind of like a little luck of the draw thing.

That is some of what went into the creation of the cartoon. Enjoy and have a great day.

Did the Egyptians have to Justify their Art?

Do you think that when the Egyptians were creating hieroglyphics and paintings, there were people standing around saying, "I don't know why you're spending time doing that. You're not going to get a real job"?

Or when the Greeks were building the Parthenon, they did that just to kill some time because they didn't have anything "better" to do?

Or when Michelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel, his patrons said, "Well, you need something to do, so you can paint on the ceiling - just don't make a mess"?

How did we get to the point where we feel like we have to justify the arts? People write whole white papers on how music improves math skills because they are trying to justify music in the context of what society seems to "really" value. Things that will get you a "real job."

There's also this idea that the arts are only for people who have "talent." As if making marks and storytelling and moving a pencil around is only good for certain people, those who are going to turn this activity into something "real." Everyone else needs to go get good at pushing paper.

We don't tell people that if they are not Mark Twain they should not write. We know that writing and the expression that it enables is important to being a person.

People with talents benefit society. Really good mathematicians and surgeons and athletes and filmmakers and writers and plumbers and singers and firefighters and public speakers are people we value.

But we've got to stop trying to justify the arts in the context of something else, like reading or math or commerce. Art is how we speak the truth about being human. When we look at ancient civilizations, we look at their art to understand how they saw the world fitting together.

Art isn't something else. It's art. Period.

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