Friday, August 20, 2010

A tribute to art and artists

Kourosh Ziabari - There are signs in the world which indicate that art can still be an art form. George Orwell pointed out over 60 years ago that "in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

We are locked in a time of universal deceit. The pillars of materialism occupy our minds and souls; we gradually discard our codes of morality and ethics. Multinational corporations are "teaching" us what is right and what is wrong. We've forgotten the stance of noble individuals who dedicate their life to our enlightenment, that is why we're being propelled to the edge of spiritual decline.

In the contemporary world, the owners of capital determine the destiny of political, cultural and economic equations. It's simple, because we've already submitted ourselves and our conscience to them. We're no longer concerned about the veracity of what we hear or what we see. The images are placed before our eyes, the sounds are broadcast universally; we accept the message. Two thousand years ago, it wasn't a drawback to be an ordinary citizen; what about now? Isn't it a disadvantage to be a passive, subservient citizen who doesn't play a role in shaping his own knowledge? Isn't it necessary to be a researcher citizen whose concern is to figure out the reality and put aside untruth?

The answer is clear. There are thousands, millions of media outlets, from the sumptuous TV stations to mainstream newspapers and the ordinary blogs of ordinary citizens. We have an ocean of thoughts and reflections about what has been just heard or read, yet we are typically defenseless when faced with the news, analyses and statements attacking us. What's the solution? How can we resolve our perplexity in this era?

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