#UgBlogWeek: High Art

Truth of the matter is, the more liberal the world gets, the more expression there will be.

I listened to a TEDx talk recently by Lecrae

Lecrae was talking about Hip Hop but more to his message was the idea of heroes and villains. How the two terms are always subjective and keep changing from society to society, from circumstance to circumstance. A good example is in African politics. Most African liberators come into power on the premise of better things. While they oppose the ruling power, they are seen as villains, when they come into power, they transform into heroes. However there is always space to turn into villains when they turn on the people they are liberating.

Free our people, they had told the white sorcerers. When the shackles and chains fell from the people, it appears that in the middle of the night, they stole the shackles and chains for future use. Oduor Jagero’s Ghosts of 1894

A friend shared with me an article that had me shaking my head but I suppose I am not liberal enough with such things.

Secret Life of the Human Pups is a sympathetic look at the world of pup play, a movement that grew out of the BDSM community and has exploded in the last 15 years as the internet made it easier to reach out to likeminded people. While the pup community is a broad church, human pups tend to be male, gay, have an interest in dressing in leather, wear dog-like hoods, enjoy tactile interactions like stomach rubbing or ear tickling, play with toys, eat out of bowls and are often in a relationship with their human “handlers”. The Men Who Live as Pups – The Guardian

The more liberal, the more likely we are to encounter things which make us ask whether everything is alright. Maybe nothing is ever alright.

Back to Lecrae. Art is a powerful tool. You will agree with me that the works of David, Homer, Shakespeare, upto now still ring. From the beginning of time, the idea of art is not only for enjoyment but for communication. Entertainers make a lot of money off it.

Hip Hop’s roots grew from a need to respond to the social injustices in the black community. Hip Hop as a form changed when it left the habitat of the black community. In the hands of white suburbia it morphed into the cash, sex, power glorifying lyrics. The art is good, the content……

Nonetheless it remains that there is hip hop which still speaks.  Hip hop is art. Art much like freedom of expression can be abused. It can morph into things like Charlie Hebdo which then beget things like #JeSuisCharlie. Can we aim for high art? Art that in and of itself speaks and brings all people? High Society says “We believe High Art stands alone and needs no justifier. Great art brings people from all walks of life to a commontable.” This should be the same for freedom of expression. 

Col_4:6  Let your speech be always with grace, having been seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

I think freedom is absolute in that it is the power to be able to season yourself. Freedom much like life, lives. I don’t think it’s a set of do’s and don’ts. I think it empowers one to build and not to tear down and if to tear down, to tear down Bastilles of wrong understanding, yet I maintain, this can only be achieved by love.

Love Builds Up. Knowledge Puffs Up. May your freedom of expression show the difference.

Featured Image:

Jon Fox | Artist | The High Art Theme


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