The true artist is not proud: he unfortunately sees that art has no limits; he feels darkly how far he is from the goal, and though he may be admired by others, he is sad not to have reached that point to which his better genius only appears as a distant, guiding sun. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven
For sociopaths who rule most of the world, there is no art, nor artist – no beauty, no striving beyond themselves for anyone other than themselves and their own advancement into a world of corruption, power and domination over all of us. Yet in America, sociopaths of all stripes are celebrated and applauded.
So few care, so few give a shyte about much of anything that isn’t media instructed. They listen but are not hearing, they watch but are not seeing the destruction of lives that takes place each and every day in front of their eyes – if only they’d look up from the cell phones for a spell. They don’t care to research beyond the propaganda of the government they piss and moan about, yet follow, with saliva dripping from their mouths – a lying and corrupt media, often propagandizing for the very things which they piss and moan about. (Trump out at any cost with a God-Savior replacement the likes of Clinton, Obama – both of whom spent most of their days as “public servants” ending the lives of thousands with their un-ending wars – with Trump following in their footsteps.)
A different, yet honest reflection follows on recent current events:
…You might say that I am being callous about a recent American tragedy here, but I am not. I grieve for anyone victimized by violence, no matter where they are. But every day there are civilian victims of US interventionism meeting the same end as those teachers and students in Florida, and neoconservatives like Nikki Haley have devoted their lives to helping that happen. If you feel the deaths in Florida are entitled to some sacred bubble free from anyone pointing out the violent deaths of victims of the US war machine, it’s because you’ve compartmentalized yourself into the same American supremacist reality tunnel that neocons have been promoting. The human beings dying of US-sponsored bombings, terrorism and sanctions every day are not less valuable than you and your countrymen.
It is not normal for human minds to work this way.
In an article titled “Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse”, author and commentator Umair Haque writes of the bizarre social plagues which are ravaging Americans in a way that is not only not occurring anywhere else in the world, but has never happened to any other civilization in recorded history. He writes about the way impoverished elderly people are living in the US today, the mass opiate problem that isn’t impacting any other country in a comparable way, and he writes about the incredible and unprecedented trend of mass shootings.
Is it possible that the need to saturate the citizenry of history’s most powerful military force in endless war propaganda is warping people’s minds? Is it perhaps impossible to blast people in the face day in and day out with domestic psyops telling them it’s normal for their money to be funneled upward to powerful plutocrats while taxes are spent killing strangers overseas without causing mass shooting and opiate epidemics? How far can the American mind be twisted to accept irrational violence and exploitation before it snaps? via Caitlin Johnstone at caitlinjohnstone.com
For whatever reasons (take it up with God if you don’t like it) artists seem to be endowed with an ability to see beauty, truth and honesty more readily than non-artists and can transform what they see into astounding works of literature, art, music and more. We’re not talking about corporate approved “art” – the software inspired, migraine producing noise of today, nor of “art” that involves glorifying human piss and excrement. Nor are we talking about the never ending Hollywood offerings of violence, absolute moral depravity and about every other kind of debauchery the human condition can sadly produce, created by millionaire producers and glorified by an adoring media that Americans support with their earnings, or even more sadly, support with their attention.
What we are need of are artists who strive to improve the human condition – to inspire common souls to go beyond themselves with whatever gifts they have toward a higher good for all. We are sorely in need of the Beethoven’s, Mozart’s, Tolstoy’s, Twain’s, Van Gogh’s and so many more of the past artists to lead us out of the sickness and depravity of the the minds that the modern era is creating.
American souls have been hardened by these modern day sociopath’s, failing to see killing as killing, murder as murder, injustice as injustice, mistreatment as mistreatment – no matter whether it happens in your backyard or in someone else’s backyard thousands of miles away.
We have awards ceremonies that promote the shyte produced by media and entertainment conglomerates and yet when the violence they glorify happens outside one’s doorsteps, screams about the horror of it all and that something must be done is all one hears. Such horrified sentiments are rarely heard of when the US bombs other lands to rubble, ending the lives of innocent men, women and yes, other children. Apparently, it is fine for another family in a country far away from ours to lose their children by violence from our government, yet it is a calamity of the highest order if it happens on our own land.
GMO’s in our foods, fluoride in our water, geo-engineering of our skies and weather – rarely is “horror” expressed about these which poisons every one of us, everyday. If one brings such issues up, they are labelled as a conspiracy nut-job. And yet those who laugh at it all, or roll their eyes at something that requires them to think a bit outside themselves and simply observe – they continue to eat, drink and breathe the shyte produced for the producers profits, propagandized as being for our benefit to save the world from whatever calamity they tell us they’re saving us from. And those of us who bring up the poisoning of what we intake are laughed at. Obey…Consume…Repeat.
Until America stops promoting war, ugliness, violence, depravity, political correctness and all other forms of insanity via its government and back pocket pals in the media as the accepted norm of its society, the wars will continue, the killings will continue, the poisons will continue until America is no more. Until America starts to take care of its aging citizens, its sick, its poor, its disadvantaged BEFORE ending the lives of others in distant lands, it is no more better than the murderous regimes of the past it so quickly condemns.
Perhaps a good idea is to listen to the artists, to find a way to beauty again – they can show us the way out from the current madness – if we allow them. An interesting 7 minutes on the topic can be listened to: Caitlin Johnston on the Jimmy Dore Show
“Who but the artist has the power to open man up, to set free the imagination? The others – priest, teacher, saint, statesman, warrior – hold us to the path of history. They keep us chained to the rock, that the vultures may eat out our hearts. It is the artist who has the courage to go against the crowd; he is the unrecognized “hero of our time” – and of all time.” ― Henry Miller, Stand Still Like the Hummingbird
Tonight’s musical offering:
Yes – we feature this unbelievably beautiful work regularly. We can think of no other more glorious work to inspire each of us to try to save the soul of mankind, however our gifts might allow, than the following:
Beethoven ~ Symphony No. 9 ~ 3rd Movement ~ Barenboim/West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Listen (preferably by yourself)…and be inspired to beauty as your heart leads you to be
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Photo credit (Beethoven): Joseph Willibrord Mähler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons