Que?

17 Aug

Calling out from a hestitant keyboard I don’t know what to write. What will this be about? What will I do with it? I don’t know.

Start with first principles and primary subjects:

There is the human race. Some things change, some stay as they are. There has always been art and there has always been politics. The power structure and the mysterious need to make marks; to design and arrange.

Art and politics are both aspects of this. But each field produces a mind that is the other’s opposite. That’s as it should be. In feudal Japan, the artists lived with the prosititutes in the Floating World. Same in Rome. Why? Because each of these castes were outsiders. They did not have a functional place in the hierarchy. They floated, depending on their talents, between levels. And they were a disruption to the social order.

Officially they were outcast. But as individuals they could enjoy lives of great prosperity and fascination. They could suffer also, and hard.

In those days the rulers of the world were soldiers and priests. Today they are lawyers and bankers. Artists are free and enjoy unprecedented power and prosperity (as do we moderns all). But what do they do with it?

That is all, today.

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