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Canary in the Coal Mine

Happy Friday! I do not know nearly enough about Kurt Vonnegut…yet. Seems his quotes keep appearing on my blog 😉 Today’s finger art was brought to you by him.

I sometimes wondered what the use of any of the arts was. The best thing I could come up with was what I call the canary in the coal mine theory of the arts. This theory says that artists are useful to society because they are so sensitive. They are super-sensitive. They keel over like canaries in poison coal mines long before more robust types realize that there is any danger whatsoever.

Kurt Vonnegut
“Physicist, Purge Thyself” in the Chicago Tribune Magazine (22 June 1969)

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