Question #3: Why do we create art?
This is a very hard question to answer because tabs on the very psychological aspect of human cognition of the world. There are two major strand of cognition one is scientific and technological and the other is emotional and artistic. They both are very important and vital for the survival of our species but unfortunately the pragmatic brave new world has put less emphasis on the emotional aspects and undermines the artistic exploration of reality for the mare reason that it does not result on tangible productivity and consumable goods in the market societies. So, Artist specially poets are out casted people. It is hard to represent your art and survive by only being an artist, unless you are well-known (and then you can even produce an urinal as a piece of art and no one would challenge you.)
Some people even believe that artists are parasites, they only consume the products of other's endeavors. But that is not true. All our psychological behaviours and patterns, our ethics, vices and virtues, aesthetic recognition of color, sound an emotion are carved and chiselled by the artist. Leonardo Da Vinci influenced the human psyche as Albert Einstein did.
So we see the world and we react to it emotionally. Our emotions are also in the process of discovering and exploring the world, like our intellects do in science. A physical body is combination of all the physical mass organs and physiological sophistications of those masses functioning together. There is an unseen aspect of our existence that is connected by our psyches directly to art , to aesthetics, harmony and recognition of feelings, reacting to colors, sounds, words, tones. We are constantly searching for beauty, whether physical or inner. We connected with such a delicate senses, with emotional aspect of the world, through artistic exploration, individually, even as a regular man, or by studding variation of arts. Every single individual tries to artistically discover the world around his/her. We all versify, paint, act, sing, and then connect our little streams to the main bodies of water of those artist who explore the real world of emotions for us and unroll them like carpets on our path.
Thank you Jane for these wonderful questions.