(I know this because I have, throughout my life, been occupied with art, and have come to understand how fraudulent all my efforts were—in spite of receiving peer recognition. I now know that art was originally invented to preserve knowledge concerning humankind’s spiritual salvation.)
Truth be told, the decline of the human psyche is that it has become more subjective over time and limited itself simply to personal expression. This expression is external and thus cosmetic. Interpretive dance falls into this category as well. So does “twerking.”
But in more ancient times artists were only concerned with expressing spiritual and cosmic (objective) truths (realities much greater than themselves and their worldly vanities). Sculpture and painting from ancient Egypt, Sumer, India and even prehistoric cave art, all contained deeper information concerning profound cosmological systems.
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg re-discovered this deeper information and even claimed that the angels of heaven never create art that merely promotes the individual or the artist, but art that promotes God and ultimate reality. Heavenly and true art is also quite precise—like an exact science.
Unfortunately, that kind of precision is detested by today’s artists and is not even considered real art. Apparently, real “art” (and pseudo-creativity) is that which flows out of the artist in a way that reaches its final expression by chance, mood and dreaming.
Further evidence that the human psyche has degenerated is that modern artists cannot fathom or interpret the levels of wisdom contained in ancient art forms.