I learn a lot of world history from my art history class. History makes more sense to me with visual representations of the feelings and thoughts of the time. For example, the Dada and Surrealism movements that came out of Europe as a reaction to WWI. The artists looked at what humanity had done to itself, so called Christian nations slaughtering other Christian nations, and thought, how much more ridiculous can it get. THAT does not make any sense, they thought. They created paintings like Salvador Dali’s melting clocks in The Persistence of Memory and his spindly legged elephants in The Temptation of St.Anthony. Well, looking at these paintings makes a lot more sense now. If millions of people living around you had been killed for no good reason (there IS no good reason to kill millions of people) than you to would have felt as lost and confused as these artists did. As an artist there is no way to show how you feel about this except to do something equally as ridiculous. So Dali was not ridiculous because he was.