As a child I was strong in the sciences but as my academic work progressed I ended up following arts subjects and shedding the sciences.
As an adult I have always been fascinated by the sciences, engineering, research and development but this has waned. I now reflect that when all is said and done, the differentiating factor above all others as between man and animals is his / her expression of sentiment through the arts. Painting, sculpture, music, literature and drama mean so much more than they did.
I wonder about this transition. Is it essential to have had some journey through life to enjoy the arts more richly - contextualising the narrative or sentiment in one's own experience - and does this explain the creeping realisation as to their importance and relevance? By contrast, is science more directly accessible at an earlier stage given its echoes in and practical relevance to every day life?
As I advise my children on career choices and watch them take their own routes, I am struck by the fact that all the messaging around them says jobs are evaporating, technology and competition are eating your cheese, how will you distinguish yourself from the Chinese microtech solution, the drone instead of the driver, the lawbot instead of Counsel etc and I see them choosing art, drama and music subjects and careers away from professions and business. The arts endure. From cave painted bison to tomorrow's performance of etc this is the true continuum.