Dana Gioia, the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, gave the commencement address at Stanford University. He said, in part,
Art is an irreplaceable way of understanding and expressing the world–equal to but distinct from scientific and conceptual methods. Art addresses us in the fullness of our being–simultaneously speaking to our intellect, emotions, intuition, imagination, memory and physical senses. There are some truths about life that can be expressed only as stories or songs or images.
And I couldn’t agree more.