When our needs are met, we make art. Human beings make art. On the sides of caves. With code.
That statement means two things.
1. When we have satisfied Maslow’s hierarchy, our attention turns towards wish fulfillment of another kind to the material.
2. Having our material needs met is a necessary criterion for art to be arise. Primitive early man did not break through the threat of starvation by turning to cave paintings.
That’s not to say that we are only able to paint when our stomach is full. It’s that making cave paintings is an unsustainable form of activity when hunger is mounting. Art is therefore always a cause for great celebration.
Humans are naturally lazy. Or efficient. Whichever angle you choose. Either way, we seldom force our own exit from a comfort zone.