But what I hope does not get lost in the art debates, is what the DaVinci installation reminds us of: that all art draws meaning from the fact that it is embedded within a long conversation about what is meaningful to a society, to a culture, and that recovery and creative re-appropriation of classics is part of making a good community. This recovery reminds us that we are not the first people to ask questions about meaning; we are not the only ones to seek beauty; we are not necessarily the most adept people in history in deciding what a good society looks like. Our great-great-great-great (....) grandparents may, in truth, have been more loving, more forgiving, more humble, more generous people. On the other hand, maybe not -- but in either case, paying attention to the history of our attempts at culture is a worthy task.
Learn your Latin and Greek; study the Bible; read Dante and Cervantes, Austen and Woolf. Then read the news, listen to the poor and outcast, and make art.