The arts exist, not only to entertain but also to give power and a voice to those without it.
The 21st century has brought with it many jobs which wouldn’t have made any sense thirty years ago. Obviously there are the jobs made necessary by technology that didn’t exist back then; but then there are also the jobs that come along with our changing society. Many of us have a grain of hostility towards these modern careers – I remember my bewilderment when my mum told me that she and her desk at work had been assessed by an ‘ergonomic chair specialist’ that day.
What was it that I found so grating about the concept of a chair assessment? After all, it takes a few minutes of one day every year and is medically proven beyond reasonable doubt to have a positive effect on your wellbeing. And yet most of us will have the same reaction: ‘I’ve been sitting in chairs all my life and seem to be doing just fine.’
The problem of course, is that we aren’t sitting in chairs just fine. Most of us sit badly and especially when sitting in the same chair of an office for hours every week it builds up into back problems later in life. However we don’t realise the effect it is having until the back problems emerge; and then those who do develop such problems put it down to bad luck. Sitting a centimetre too high for our computer just doesn’t FEEL like it could have been enough to cause a medical problem.
For those of you who have been reading and have no idea what I’m talking about or why – in an article about diversity – thank you for bearing me.