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May 12, 2017

How The Perception Of Disgust Is Manipulated Over Time To Break The Human Spirit


When an artist submerges a crucifix in a jar of his own urine, or smears elephant dung on an image of the Virgin Mary, do these works belong in art museums?
Can the artist simply tell religious Christians, "If you don't want to see it, don't go to the museum"? Or does the mere existence of such works make the world dirtier, more profane, and more degraded? If you can't see anything wrong here, try reversing the politics. Imagine that a conservative artist had created these works using images of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela instead of Jesus and Mary. Imagine that his intent was to mock the quasi-deification by the left of so many black leaders. Could such works be displayed in museums in New York or Paris without triggering angry demonstrations? Might some on the left feel that the museum itself had been polluted by racism, even after the paintings were removed? (Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind, chap.5)
- - Return of Kings

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 12, 2017 10:03 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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"Or does the mere existence of such works make the world dirtier, more profane, and more degraded?"

This isn't a question, it is a statement, a statement that doesn't need to be stated, except in the presence of people that need their heads slammed against the wall so hard they stick.

It's a disease, man, and the cure is beyond your capacity to take on even if you wanted to. It requires complete excision, root, stem, leaf, and likely entails 1/2 of your immediate family. I told you it was beyond your capacity. Harden your heart, or be consumed by it.

Posted by: ghostsniper at May 12, 2017 12:36 PM

Most non-lefties are live-and-let-live. What got many of us wound up was not so much the tacky images but that we were expected to commission the works and fund their exhibition with our taxes.

Do what you want, but don't tax me for you to do it.

We really need to stop providing tax money to PBS, NPR, and the National Endowments for the Arts & Humanities, etc.

Posted by: OldFert at May 12, 2017 1:48 PM

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