The reverse of the way iconic images have been used to direct the
mind of culture, the way to liberate culture, is to look for the opposite
of the King and the Saint - for those images that reveal the truth of
humanity to itself, so as to release the energy of the mind from being
put into harness for the purposes of those who would influence, manipulate
and control populations.
Those moments when the truth that shall set us free is revealed are
extremely fleeting, sensitive and require looking in places forbidden
by "objectivity" or other intellectual "no trespassing signs" by which
something can be dismissed as not the purpose of art.
We do not have information overload so much as we have nonsense
overload. Compassion does not fatigue us as much as the inability
to act. We have to deal with many problems every day. Sometimes our
loved ones are in serious difficulty. We do not turn away from them.
We want to know what is happening. We have to know the truth in order
We are given sensationalistic images (even exquisitely beautiful ones)
of destruction and starvation but in the end we do not know why food
is not brought or order not restored. The "facts of the moment" do not
add up to an explanation. There is no context given within which to
digest the facts.
Fast news,like fast food, does not nourish.
Art has a moral consequence which is why it should be rooted in and
engage our moral consciousness.