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Making Gods Out Of Monsters
By Jim Kirwan
The original point of the arts in society began with images and music, long before there was writing. The graphics came from the Shamans back in the Caves of Lascaux, over seventeen thousand years ago. The shamen of that time left us a cave painting of one of their number top left in this detail from "Turning Point." *
The elite of the world have been using the arts since that time to shape relationships between people and those that want to rule over them for all the time between then and now.
Societies have always been about the stories that we tell ourselves about our origins and our dreams. All of this was pretty much true until after the Renaissance when the arts were supposedly freed from the need for "patrons" yet that 'need' has persisted down through time to the present moment. * http://www.kirwanesque.com/gallery/turning_point.htm
In the nomadic word of the hunter-gatherers images and rock paintings were the primary man-made images that reflected the relationships between people and life in the rest of the world. The Shamans were perhaps the first to use these images to reinforce their words to increase their temporal powers. Later as more formal and widely varied religions began to appear they too used images and sculpture to reinforce their rule over larger and larger numbers of people.
The pagan world portrayed a much different kind of life and the celebrations of that life became enhancements that celebrated life and love and the wonders of nature on many levels. By the time of the rise of the world's now major and formal religions; the works of pagan artists had been seized and either preserved in the dungeons of the Vatican or melted down for gold or bronze; but for all intents and purposes their world-view of life was washed away along with their way of life that perished with the end of the Agricultural Age.
By the time of the Renaissance the sculpture, the paintings, the poetry and the scholarship were all controlled by either the Catholic Church or the filthy-rich of that day and time: Without these Oligarchs "the arts" would have simply perished. But as the historical clock continued to move some writers, actors and musicians began to find other ways to stay alive, aside from having to please the 'patron-class.' But
'breaking away' has always been very hard to do, because of the amount of money needed 'to support the arts'; which has always been in the hands of the very few.
This situation relegated artists to a subservient class of individuals that were not known for their courage or their originality; because previously the arts had only been the sole province of the very rich and consequently the very powerful. But with the 'enlightenment' that ancient and rusting doorway to freedom continued its very slow but tantalizing opening, that so many dreamed might one day free them; from being nothing more than lackey's, to the whims of pure-and-irresponsible-privilege.
It was largely only after two world wars that the arts finally began to find their way back into the world of real men and women. But with that renewed freedom, artists had a responsibility to the people of their day and time, to tell at least some partial truths along with what they saw as beautiful or ugly. But perhaps more to the point too many 'artists' had forgotten what they really are which is to be the storytellers that can both chronicle and imagine, for the world, that better and more lasting knowledge that can bring beauty and justice back to life.
We've come a very long way down the road from those long-lost days of storytelling and oral traditions. And in that hastily prepared-for journey it seems we've left behind virtually everything that really matters here on this shrinking blue-planet where the population no longer has either a compass or any moral reason for being here at all.
If that sounds harsh consider these recent events. The EU has decided to make Pedophilia LEGAL across Europe:
"The German Government is promoting sexual contact between parents and children.
If you cannot imagine this is true, you have to read the leaflet shown in Germany and EU to Legalize Pedophilia. The leaflet is a publication of a German Government Children's Department, which is distributed by the million, free of charge.
Canadian author and public speaker Michael O'Brien ... spoke to LifeSiteNews.com as follows -...
It is, he said, "State-encouraged incest, which in most civilized societies is a crime."
The pamphlet advises parents to permit young children "unlimited masturbation" except where physical injury becomes apparent. It advises: "Children should learn that there is no such thing as shameful parts of the body. The body is a home, which you should be proud of." For ages 4-6, the booklet recommends teaching children the movements of copulation.
Another product of the BZgA is a song book aimed at children of four and slightly older which includes several songs espousing masturbation. The song-book entitled "Nose, belly and bum" includes one song with the following lyrics: "When I touch my body, I discover what I have. I have a vagina, because I am a girl. Vagina is not only for peeing. When I touch it, I feel a pleasant tingle." (1)
Or this one which just happens to omit the fact that the PA is not recognized by the Palestinian people-Hamas was Palestine's' legally-elected government:
"The revelations from the heart of the Israel-Palestine peace process are the product of the biggest documentary leak in the history of the Middle East conflict, and the most comprehensive exposure of the inside story of a decade of failed negotiations.
The 1,600 confidential records of hundreds of meetings between Palestinian, Israeli and US leaders, as well as emails and secret proposals, were leaked to the Qatar-based satellite TV channel al-Jazeera and shared exclusively with the Guardian. They cover the period from the runup to the ill-fated Camp David negotiations under USpresident Bill Clinton in 2000, to private discussions last year involving senior officials and politicians in the Obama administration.
The earliest document in the cache is a memo from September 1999 about Palestinian negotiating strategy. It suggests heeding the advice of the Rolling Stones: "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you might find you can get what you need." The final one, from last September, is a Palestinian Authority (PA) message to the Egyptian government about access to the Gaza Strip.
The Palestine papers have emerged at a time when a whole era of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, starting with the Madrid conference in 1991, appear to have run into the sand, opening up the prospect of a new phase of the conflict and potentially another war." (2)
And of course Israel has just excused herself from any blame at all, or any responsibility in the deaths of nine people, who died when Israel attacked an aid convoy coming into Palestine by sea. The United States has now officially become nothing more than "Israel's bitch"! (3)
If we had any real artists left, be they writers, artists, poets, musicians, sculptors, actors or filmmakers: then where is that body of work that holds the feet of the felonious-rich to the fires of hell from which they came?
There have been only a few, throughout history, that came to our aid when they were needed most. Francisco Goya showed the world what the inquisition looked like along with "The Disasters of War." A lot of people might say that Picasso added something with Guernica, but I would not be among those that agree about the motives of that blatant opportunist. Hieronymus Bosh gave us an unprecedented view of the subconscious that Amerrikans still retain today. Beyond these few there seems to be very little in the way of imagery. Writers have furnished by far the greatest contributions toward opening the doors of perception; but why should they have to go it alone? Where are the visual works that connect us with ourselves today-works that could help the many decide to leave the fences they are still sitting on-and finally begin to end this nightmare that begs to be smashed into a billion pieces?
The IMAGE: That weapon of the mind's eye was confiscated early on, so that there would be no mass rebellion: No trumpet-call from the depths of slavery to demand an end to all of this. The dark-side did one hell of a job on the arts to keep everyone except the writers down and fearful in this world. But deep inside we KNOW that we will eventually throw off these demons but it will also kill most of the human race as well.
If artists had a conscience then why have they chosen to assist the Dark Side in "Making Gods out of Monsters,"instead of showing us the end of these alien creatures that have used only their reptilian side to complete the nightmares in our waking lives?
The film-studios have surrendered, as have the journalists (with some notable exceptions) and the so-called intellectuals along with almost every profession in society or government. But the artists were supposed to be rebels, free-thinkers, innovators; the truly creative in our midst? Where are they; to what place could they have gone to find solace from the jackboots and the tear-gas not to mention the phosphorus or the Chemtrails?
Well at least I now understand why the Irish-of-old required their fighters to be poet-warriors: Because to have mastered only the broad-sword, the battle-ax or the bow, was to lose the battle before it even starts. Because without clear knowledge and the resonant beauty of what FREEDOM really means, there is no point in fighting over anything at all.
1) EU Making Pedophilia Legal Across Europe http://the-tap.blogspot.com/2009/09/eu-wants-to-run-european-child-sex.html
2) The Story behind the Palestinian Papers http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/23/story-behind-leaked-palestine-papers
3) Gaza Flotilla Massacre: Whitewash Absolves Israel http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/2011/01/24/gaza-flotilla-massacre-whitewash-absolve
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