These words by George Balanchine, the father of American ballet (he was originally Russian), complaining about commercialism and stressing the importance of free art, struck a chord with me.
"...the power of admiring things, which exists, is lost because everybody is doing it on his own and for nothing. Every once in a while people agree. We meet and we say, "Do you see that little flower? How beautiful it is." "Yes, I see." Well, let us be people who look at flowers together. Let us have a million people saying that a rose is a beautiful shade of pink. There must be organization and agreement between all of us who love beautiful things. And when fifty million people will say loudly, "I love this beautiful thing" the power will be there."