A world without art has no love, a world without science has no warmth. The empowering feeling of artistic creation is rivaled only by the sensation of uncovering another truth of the universe. They are symbiotic, artistic endeavor explores the fringes of our understanding; scientific rigor widens the understanding.
"Art for art's sake is pointless."
"Knowledge without application is pointless."
A naive statistician might even agree at first glance, almost all children are given the tools of art in school. Few try and most who do fail to become professional artists. Similarly, almost all children receive science education, most will end up working in retail. But in that lies the secret of evolutionary success, maintain the status quo and where you can afford spending resources - probe the unknown.
Knowledge enhances art, art sheds light on where to seek new knowledge. The stunning vistas of Interstellar are made only more stunning by our knowledge of cosmology. The consequences of interstellar travel are made only more wrenching by our experiences of love.
Modern technology makes survival easier than ever. Now is the time to wrestle against our evolutionary baggage, our desire to simply maintain status quo. It's time now to paint more, to sing more, to write more, to explore more, to study more, to learn more, and to love more. Live long and prosper.
Rest in peace Leonard Nimoy.