Monday, June 27, 2016

The Destruction of Our Aesthetic Environment

The Left over the last few decades has been very successful in destroying our aesthetic environment. What Rhett Buttler said parting ways with Scarlett is how I feel today:

"I want to see if somewhere there isn't something left in life of charm and grace."

Women with tattoos and nose rings, graffiti on walls as an excuse for free expression, and the crassness and shameless statements from celebrities and politicians has given new meaning to Karl Marx's wish that we have a 'classless' society.

We do. Just not the one he envisioned.

Dennis Prager on his website sums up why the Left loathes civilization - their lack of standards.

So, the Big Question is, why? Why is the left hostile toward Western civilization? 
After decades of considering this question, I have concluded the answer is this: standards. 
The left hates standards — moral standards, artistic standards, cultural standards. The West is built on all three, and it has excelled in all three. 
Why does the left hate standards? It hates standards because when there are standards, there is judgment. And leftists don’t want to be judged. 
They don't like to be shamed either. But it must be done. 
Thus, Michelangelo is no better than any contemporary artist, and Rembrandt is no greater than any non-Western artist. So, too, street graffiti — which is essentially the defacing of public and private property, and thus serves to undermine civilization — is “art.” 
Melody-free, harmony-free, atonal sounds are just as good as Beethoven’s music. And Western classical music is no better than the music of any non-Western civilization. Guatemalan poets are every bit as worthy of study as Shakespeare. 
When the Nobel Prize-winning American novelist Saul Bellow asked an interviewer, “Who is the Tolstoy of the Zulus? The Proust of the Papuans?” all hell broke loose on the cultural left. Bellow had implied that the greatest writers of fiction were Western. 
Why such antagonism? Because if some art is really better than other art, your art may be judged inferior. The narcissism of left-wing thought does not allow for anyone to be better than you artistically or in any other way. Therefore, all art and artists must be equal. 
In the moral realm, the same rejection of standards exists. Thus, the left loathed President Ronald Reagan for labeling the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” because that would mean America was morally superior to the Soviet Union. And such a judgment was unacceptable. The whole left-wing moral vocabulary is a rejection of Western moral standards: “tolerance,” “inclusion,” “anti-discrimination” (by definition, standards discriminate), “non-judgmental,” and even “income inequality,” which deems some peoples’ work more valuable than others. 
Every civilization had slavery. But only thanks to Judeo-Christian civilization was slavery abolished there, and eventually elsewhere. Nevertheless, to speak about any moral superiority of Western or Judeo-Christian civilization is completely unacceptable, thanks to the left’s stranglehold on education and most media. 
In this regard, the protection of Islam by the left is so thorough that one cannot even say such obvious truths such as that the status of women has been far superior in the Judeo-Christian West than in the Islamic world. The veil women wear, for example, is dehumanizing. Yet, in a speech at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America, a rabbi who, at the time, was the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said that a woman’s voluntary choice to wear a head scarf “deserves our respect. 
And a women wearing enough tattoos looking like a Longshoremen does not earn mine. Nether foul mouthed celebrities.
And finally, we come to the left’s loathing of the religions of Western civilization — the Judeo-Christian religions, which have clear standards of right and wrong.
Bible-based religions affirm a morally judging God. For the left, that is anathema. For the left, the only judging allowed is leftists’ judging of others. No one judges the left — neither man nor God.
Let the knives fly.


Anonymous said...

All of the above merely hints at the depths of the depravity of the world of western art.

For a tame example consider the Vietnam War Memorial in DC. The feature piece is a "sculpture" by Mia Lin which is, in reality, a pitiless tombstone etched with names of the dead. A calculated insult designed to emphasize the pointlessness of their sacrifice.

On the same grounds is the statue "Three Fighting Men" by Fredrick Hart depicting Americans performing their soldierly duty. An actual sculpture carved by hand, it conveys a dignity that the "wall" denies.

Naturally the left celebrates the wall and ignores the genuine work of art beside it.

Anonymous said...

You could make a similar comparison with the 9/11 memorial 'our guys' designed and insulted America and the victims of 9/11 with. The museum is buried several stories beneath the new building and the 'reflecting pool' looks like a mirror image of mecca with the center box collecting all the tears pouring down through the center of the earth to satan himself. Not to mention the disgusting display of dhimmitude with the Shanksville memorial which is a giant mihrab replete with symbolism honoring Islam and the terrorists who took down that flight on 9/11.
Compare and contrast with the Tear Drop monument donated by Russia as a memorial for the victims of 9/11 - located in a near hidden corner of the port of Bayonne. I accidentally happened to see this very touching monument when the cruise I boarded was passing this monument upon our ships departure from port.

Anonymous said...

The Shanksville memorial is an abomination and should be blown up. It honors the murderers.

Anonymous said...

"The Shanksville memorial is an abomination and should be blown up. It honors the murderers."

Anon, I agree 100%. But why was this not a national scandal. I remember the father of one of the victims raising hell about it, and some minor modifications were made. But this abomination should have been in the first page of all MSM newspapers. Why was it not? Who are the people behind this treasonous actions: The NY memorial, museum, remains, etc.? The Shanksville memorial? How is it possible we were so indifferent or unaware? We cannot blame Obama, this was under Bush ...

Pastorius said...

I agree too, for what it's worth.