The Meaning of Culture

Wynton Marsalis, on the January 2 episode of 60 Minutes:

The arts are our collective human heritage. You’re a better person if you know what Shakespeare was talking about. If you know what Beethoven struggled with, if you know about Matisse, if you know what Louis Armstrong actually is saying through his horn, you’re better, because it’s just like you get to speak with the wisest people who ever lived.