Art is Dangerous to Authorities

I read this today and it got me to thinking...

 

 

Art is Dangerous to Authorities

By Jon Rappoport

Jon Rappoport’s blog

November 22, 2013

 

 

Art is dangerous. It makes people move out of standard-response channels.

 

They don’t see what they’re supposed to see anymore. They see what they’re not supposed to see.

 

That’s why colleges teach brain-deadening courses in art history. Every attempt is made to codify the students’ reactions.

 

I’m not just talking about political art. I mean anything that truly comes out of reliance on imagination.

 

Those who run things—and their willing dupes—want reality to look a certain way and be experienced and felt in certain ways. These limited spectra form a shared lowest common denominator.

 

Even so-called spiritual experience is codified. It’s called organized religion. I call it “give money to the ceiling.” You give your money and they tell you high how the ceiling of your experience is and what you’ll find when you get there.

 

Art has none of these limitations. It’s created by people who’ve gone beyond the shrunken catalog of emotions, thoughts, and perceptions listed by authorities.

 

Art, by which I mean imagination, throws caution to the winds. It invents realities that engender new reactions, never before experienced. It blows apart old rigid perception.

 

The hammer blows and the soft propaganda of the common culture install layers of mind control: “See things, experience things in these prescribed ways.”

 

Over the years, I’ve encouraged a number of people to become artists. Aside from the work they then invented, I noticed their whole approach to, and perception of, life altered radically.

 

Their sense of vitality, their courage, their adventurous spirit came to the foreground.

 

Mind control, externally applied and self-induced, is all about putting a lid on creative power. That is its real target.

 

The one trap an artist—which is to say anyone who lives through and by imagination—has to avoid is thinking of himself as a victim because he is “an outsider.”

 

Outside is good. Outside has great strength.

 

When an artist invents himself as a victim, he then goes on to lash out at people who have nothing to do with the fate to which he’s consigned himself.

 

Authorities in any society, no matter what they call themselves, are invested in systems that will maintain a status quo of perception. They are constantly producing new systems for that purpose.

 

Technocrats would like you to believe that hooking your brain up to some super-brain computer will fulfill your needs and desires. They seek to prove that all invention, all creation, all art, all imagination is merely a set of calculations within a closed system.

 

This effort betrays their own despair. They see no way they can truly create.

 

It is the vacuum in which all elites live. They build up a frozen dead consciousness of models and algorithms and “solutions,” and they seek to impose it, as reality, on the minds of populations.

 

Essentially, they’re saying, “If we have a soul-sickness, you have to have it, too.”

 

It’s called hatred of life.

 

On the other hand, individual creative power launches from a platform of freedom and rises through layer after layer of greater freedom.

 

From that perspective, authoritarian power looks like a sick-unto-dying charade.

 

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I think its time for me to restart the art...

 

 

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Comments (3)

  1. cjb321

    Hmmm. Something to think deeply about. Thank you so much! smiles

    November 23, 2013
    1. EZWAYZ

      it has me brushing the cobwebs off of my brushes and paints…

      November 23, 2013
      1. cjb321

        I’d better start improving mine….this may take a long time. lol

        November 23, 2013
        1. EZWAYZ

          I hope not, I’ll be lazy again by tomorrow!

          November 23, 2013
  2. caliope

    They’ll have to start having “controlled art projects” like a controlled burn or something. lol

    November 23, 2013
    1. EZWAYZ

      Every “state” has state sponsored artists…and every state has “blacklisted” artists

      November 23, 2013
  3. funfreak

    This is exactly my argument for keeping liberal arts colleges in business. But everyone seems to only want to learn those things that directly apply to their jobs. They don’t want to think or conceptualize or stretch creatively. That’s expensive, they contend. Those course hours could be filled with learning that relates directly to one’s field of endeavor. Sad, really. Very short-sighted and a stingy way of thinking.

    November 23, 2013
    1. EZWAYZ

      a controlled way of thinking/teaching that tries to preclude the use of the mind

      November 23, 2013
      1. funfreak

        I was reprimanded once for trying to teach my students to THINK. I was told by the administration they only needed to learn math and to memorize facts. *sigh That’s why I no longer teach in a school.

        November 23, 2013
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        2. EZWAYZ

          I rote – and open book tests

          November 23, 2013
  4. caliope

    More power to them all!

    November 23, 2013
    1. EZWAYZ

      I just like to color outside the lines

      November 23, 2013
  5. caliope

    haha! I like to guess what the giant ink spots are!

    November 23, 2013
    1. EZWAYZ

      that gets me in trouble

      November 23, 2013
  6. caliope

    There’s plenty of room outside the lines!

    November 23, 2013
    1. EZWAYZ

      your talking dangerous stuff now!

      November 23, 2013
  7. SEC

    Art is subversive it has visual cues that can not be unseen.

    November 23, 2013
    1. EZWAYZ

      and that’s the beauty of it

      November 23, 2013
      1. SEC

        Ayup

        November 23, 2013
  8. Bettymom

    A lot of people feel safer surrounded by rules. Sometimes I’m one of them; sometimes I’m not. I don’t have the strength to be a free spirit all the time.

    November 23, 2013
    1. EZWAYZ

      that’s OK, 99.9% of the time is enough

      November 23, 2013
      1. Bettymom

        That’s still way beyond my reach – but it’s a goal!

        November 23, 2013
        1. EZWAYZ

          that OK just start with 99% of the time and work your way up to 99.9%

          November 23, 2013
  9. zilla007

    wow, I can actually view your posts now that’s actually a rather dangerous leap…hope theres a lot of sand or something to cushion the fall

    November 23, 2013
    1. EZWAYZ

      it depends on the reader…some say there’s just a lot of hot air there, others say that there’s just a big pile of manure…let me know if you manage to find a third option

      November 23, 2013
      1. zilla007

        a bed of feathers.. people’s options are rather negative .. I love that his hair looks like its on fire, there’s a little look of dayemit whatamidoing in his expression but I just woke so I may be seeing things ..

        November 23, 2013
        1. EZWAYZ

          well thank you for finding a softer landing i my work

          November 23, 2013
  10. shadowstarz

    Look forward to seeing more of your bits & pieces as they progress… your gift is much appreciated.

    November 23, 2013
    1. EZWAYZ

      lol, the first step is, start progressing!

      November 23, 2013
      1. shadowstarz

        Please do… i’ll keep coming back for more. Did I say more, please.

        November 23, 2013
        1. EZWAYZ

          why yes, I believe you did

          November 23, 2013
  11. ZenGen

    never let your art go… hope you had a nice thanksgiving.

    December 05, 2013
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    2. EZWAYZ

      hello Gen…its been a while. I hadn’t expected to hear from you again. I hope you had a nice thanksgiving too. As for mine, I should have sold tickets – it was one for the record books …still searching for the “on” switch for the art but at least I’m looking now ~

      December 09, 2013
      1. ZenGen

        Yeah, I am hardly ever online these days. Thanksgiving was nice – gearing up for Christmas now… always glad to have the holidays and plenty more ready when it is all over. lol Sorry you had such an experience! Hopefully it will be calmer for Christmas for you. Creativity seems to come in surges… I am sure you will find that switch.

        December 11, 2013
        1. EZWAYZ

          calmer is debatable. I’ll have my outlaws swarming into town from all over the country…but I’ll survive. Thank you for remembering me.

          December 15, 2013
  12. EZWAYZ

    wealth does open doors but as you’ve described with the music, its often circular rather than fulfilling…I work harder so I can make more money, I make more money so I can buy more things, I buy more things so I have to work harder so I can make more money…rich or poor, many people never seem to be able to determine between needs and wants

    November 23, 2013
    1. EZWAYZ

      true satisfaction is most often found in the presence of family, loved ones and friends

      November 23, 2013
      1. EZWAYZ

        This quote by Barbara Bush sums it up for me: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.”

        November 23, 2013