Culture and Development

by Sergey Melnikoff a.k.a. MFF, a founder of the Soul of Ukraine International Charitable Foundation

As a firm believer in the value of complexity and culture, I find the concept of art collection to be truly fascinating. The purpose of this collection is not only to adorn spaces but also to elevate our understanding of the complex and incomprehensible aspects of the world. I believe that people should appreciate complexity, and a cultured individual should be complex themselves.

It is crucial for humanity to embrace complexity because a simple person cannot further the development of civilization. The world is a complex and ever-changing place, and we need individuals who can navigate the intricacies of this world. Two times two does not always equal four, and parallels may converge or diverge. We are already in the quantum realm, and there are very complex connections that we need to understand. Explaining these connections requires thinking outside of the box, and this kind of thinking is born out of culture.

There are various cultural theories, and I find one of them particularly compelling. According to this theory, culture responds to needs that do not yet exist but will appear in the future. This leads to the development of new technical knowledge, new understandings of the world, and different spiritual paths. I believe that culture plays a vital role in shaping the future of humanity, and we need to invest in it accordingly.

Another definition of culture that I find interesting is that it is not genetically inherited memory from generations past. It cannot be transmitted genetically, and therefore, both teachers and students must make efforts to preserve it. We need to ensure that the richness and complexity of culture are passed down from one generation to the next.

In conclusion, the art collection serves a crucial purpose in elevating our understanding of the world’s complexities. As an individual who values culture and complexity, I believe that we must appreciate the importance of culture and invest in it accordingly. We need to encourage individuals to think outside of the box and embrace the complexities of the world. Only then can we further the development of civilization and shape a brighter future for humanity.

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