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Re: Faith and Meaning in Art

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Ann Carolan (
Mon, 15 Feb 1999 12:14:35 +0000

Amen. I was pleasantly surprised that the great majority of replies to
my comments were very positive, inspirational and uplifting. It really
is encouraging to think that there are so many fine people out there
teaching art, not just as a skill to be bought and sold in the
marketplace, but as a means of transcending material reality and giving
the material world a purpose, meaning, and a "spirit"ual reality. As I
write, it occurs to me that because we have designated spiritual things
to the closet, things we may not speak of in Public Schools, we have
borne the fruits of this in the banal and beastial forms of music and
some art today whose crass reality do not uplift but place us in the
lower realms of our animal natures. We all recognize our gifts as
humans, go well beyond the world of animals into the thoughts, minds and
spirits of beings who are made in the "image" of their Maker. So why
can't we speak this truth? I fear we will continue to suffer as a
culture until this "iron curtain" of repression is lifted. How ironic
that one of the chief purveyors of this myth is the ACLU, the very
organization that was created to protect our rights has stolen them. And
what do we do to stop them from twisting the truth? People tend to
repeat the platitudes and messages we are fed in the media: "We must
have separation of Church and state" was taken out of context. In
reality, a closer look at our Constitution reveals the underlying
meaning was greater freedom of religion, greater rights to speech and
artistic expressionism. For example the Supreme Court recently protected
pornography as "free speech" on the web, yet, the nativity and religious
symbolism is forbidden in schools. I feel it is our duty, those of us
who know the Truth, artists, musicians, creative mindsm, to rise above
this repression of thought to create a new myth. After all, the creative
mind is the free mind not subject to repetition and digitized
regurgitations of what others force-feed us, but gifted to think and act
freely despite suppression and demagoguery.

What slogans and symbols can we create to change this paradigm? Please
publish your ideas to help stimulate some free associations if you
agree, if not, you can always "delete", that is your choice.

Ann Carolan