As if being an artist weren't enough. As if it's not enough to create beautiful things, question the status quo, and make the rest of us look at the world differently. Apparently, artists have been inventing incredibly useful (and profitable!) stuff for centuries.
A blog post on Psychology Today questions the wisdom of cutting funding for the arts: "Let's see what happens when we start throwing out all the science and technology that the arts have made possible."
The authors then go on to credit artists for everything from electronic screens to surgical stitches to bridge design. They conclude:
I'm not telling you anything you don't know. I am saying that we need to be better advocates for the arts. It starts locally.