Friday, August 1, 2014

Quotation Of The Day: Art And Literature Should Not Be Politically Motivated Edition

Micah Mattix issues an important reminder why art and literature matter and why any art should not be created for overtly political purposes.
. . .  treat art, not as a means to an end, but as an end in itself, which, paradoxically, also makes it useful. Put another way, using art or literature or film to proselytize or indoctrinate empties works of their distinctive value. At the same time, works of truth and craft, created for those ends alone, are valuable to the extent that they affirm a larger context—the inescapability of making truth claims and the reality of morality and beauty, among other things—without which they would make no sense.
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