This past weekend my husband and I watched both "The Monuments Men" and "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America". Both got me thinking about culture.
"The Monuments Men" is based on the true story of the people who saved artistic masterpieces that the Nazis had stolen. You can read more about the real story here. In the movie two members of the team died trying to save the art. I haven't been able to find out if any of the real monuments men died during their missions, but they definitely put their lives at risk. At the end of the movie the question is asked, "Was it worth it?" I had to pause for a moment on that one. Would it be worth risking lives to save elements of culture? After some thought, my answer is a resounding, "Yes." What would life be without beautiful images, music, and literature? Ok, many of us see more Instagram photos than Rembrandts these days, but the idea is the same.
This leads me to The Beatles. On the CBS special, stars of today honored The Beatles by performing some of their songs. After listening to Imagine Dragons singing "Revolution" my husband made a very wise remark. He said that you could record those songs today and they still would be better than most music out there. I had to agree.