I think art connects us, and art is never “just” art. The emotional resonance comes from our shared humanity. Suffering isn’t really comparable. We can have a deep, visceral reaction to the loss of art and still be capable of grieving human tragedy, too. I do see your point, however. I know vegans who prize animal life more than the humans they condemn for their diet; I don’t think that’s a balanced point-of-view, but I can’t control how other people choose to view the world. I can only offer the perspective that art has value, and we don’t have to choose between art and humanity. We can value both and grieve for both when they’re lost.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store