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Assignment: Adamss Essay By Tri Nguyen

Music Appreciation CRN 1309 Butler Community College Andover, Kansas February 1, 2012

John Adams once wrote in the letter to his wife Abigail, I must study politics and war, that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain. Obviously, the most important thing that he wants to emphasize is freedom and liberty. Without freedom, there will be no space for mathematics, philosophy, commerce or agriculture to develop. And with no food, no needed materials for life, we cant have the opportunities to enjoy music, poetry or beautiful architectures. Basically, freedom is the base for art and art is a mirror to reflect and encourage freedom. Additionally, we can also see the closed relationship between generations. Our grandfathers and our fathers generations were the ones who struggled and sacrificed their lives so as to ensure a better life for the next generations. In todays society, the statement of John Adams is still valid and meaningful. Somewhere in this small world, there are people who are still fighting for lives, for food, for liberty and hope for their children. As the younger generation, we had better be thankful and respectful to the previous generations for what theyve given us. Moreover, we also should recognize the important connection between art, music, philosophy, agriculture and liberty to have a wiser point of view whenever we want to judge something.