Friday, December 09, 2011

Light and the Absence of Light

Opportunity to think.  Freedom to be more fully aware.  The arts offer these things, and more, or they may be misused or subverted, through ignorance or by intention, to deny them.

Totalitarian propaganda comes to mind first, then mindless frivolity and escapism, humorless ideological passions, and the mediocre satisfactions of vicarious emotional experience, all made the more speciously attractive under the aegis of "art".

Undeniably, these are representations of one thing or another.  Do they speak to the soul, the higher aspirations of the heart and mind, or to simple and direct perceptions of reality? 

One makes choices regarding such matters.  Or one does not, and follows.

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