For centuries, the world had been a backward place, with civilizations embracing anti-intellectualism, abandoning reason and rationality, and relying on superstition to imprison the population. The ascent of Western civilization changed everything, beginning with the Scientific Revolution and Age of Enlightenment, intellectual and philosophical movements that would forever change society for the better. But if the dawning of a new era of "I think, therefore I am" required a soundtrack, it would be classical music, even in today’s putrefaction of art and culture.
The West contributed so much to the advancement of humanity, from the sovereignty of reason to artistic achievements. A concept born a few hundred years ago remains integral in the modern world.
As generations continue studying the works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, and Francois Voltaire, we cannot help but draw connections to the elegant sounds of J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert and their library of symphonies, concertos, and sonatas.
German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, the propagator of eternal recurrence and the ubermensch, understood the power and meaning of music, writing in Twilight of the Idols, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Indeed, the emotions – both good and bad – that the classical genre can trigger is unrivaled by any other form of music, whether it is the inspiring or the trepidation.
Listening to the pop classics of yesteryear can tell the story...