I realize one thing as I get older, which I did not while young.
The pursuit of art, in the kind that becomes a symbol and changes the world, can be a most wasteful endeavor if lost, unused or forgotten. It can occupy the minds, hearts and talents of the brightest and best while giving nothing if their work is not generated, not good enough or forgotten.
It would be better to spend the prime age of life on pursuits that can benefit society more directly. and spend youth and old age in these endeavors when there is time to spend.
These are just my thoughts, as age.