The Power of Art to Heal the World

Giving peace a chance is more important than ever

Jakob Ryce
6 min readJan 6, 2021

It’s 2021. We made it. It has been hard to watch the world burn. With so much devastation at our doors in 2020: deadly bushfires in Australia, a deadly pandemic, enforced lockdowns, race riots, financial crashes, Trump was still in power, America’s cities on fire, and fear tactics congesting the media — it was extremely difficult to see any hope.

But it is especially in such times that we need hope, not despair — we need assurance, not despondency. How has the human spirit survived such epic gloom in the past? You might think the answer can be found in technology since it appears to solve so many of our personal and business solutions. You might believe our salvation lies in industry, business ventures and corporations, or perhaps the human spirit can survive by reigniting the fiery kilns of science and innovation — after all, science has allowed us to evolve, cure diseases, even land on the moon. But it is in the arts we have discovered our greatest strengths — this is how the human spirit has endured.

Let’s wind the clock back to 1969. The devastating Vietnam war is dragging on and hundreds of thousands of civilians and soldiers on both sides have been wounded and killed, with heavy losses on the US side. The war sparks protests throughout the world…

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Jakob Ryce

Writer and wayfarer of a digital age. I write articles concerning writing, self, society and well-being. @JakobRyce | www.jakobryce.com | jakobryce@gmail.com