Amidst the attention given to the sciences as how they can lead to the cure of all diseases and daily problems of mankind, I believe that the biggest breakthrough will be the realization that the arts, which are conventionally considered ‘useless,’ will be recognized as the whole reason why we ever try to live longer or live more prosperously.(1) It is imperative that we keep the "Why" in mind, so Maeda is on to something.
— John Maeda
(2) Nevertheless, we need lots of people putting their shoulders to the wheel and working on the "How."
(3) I love Art and I think it far from useless, but it's only one of many things that gives life reason.
(4a) There are a great many answers to the Why questions, and I'm likely to disagree with a lot of the experts as to what they are.
(4b) There's only a small and finite set of answers to the How questions, and they're much more objective.
(5) We've made little visible progress in human history of sorting out the Why questions; we've made tremendous progress on How questions within my lifetime.