I'm having a hard time trying to figure out why art should be as worthy and useful as science. I mean, I'm wondering these days if the contribution of an artist to the human race can ever be compared to that of a scientist, working hard for palpable results and goals who really enrich the human life.
I'm not trying to say that I doubt art's inner value, but if you were to choose and you were moved by the urge to improve the world you live in, how could you persuade yourself that your work as an artist will be as useful, noble and appreciated as the scientist's one?
If you were able to do both, wouldn't it be sort of "idle" to pursue art rather than science and its contribution to human technology and thought? Wouldn't you feel a tad "guilty" ?
I'm not trying to make a point here, I just want to hear other musicians' opinions about this issue that is tormenting me these days.