The Purpose Of Art

By | Monday, July 30, 2007 1 comment
Art, if done well, filters out much of the banality of actual living to be able to provide a relatively concise message about Life. Some messages are more powerful than others, naturally, and some are more complex than others. But art, whether in the form of comics or TV or opera or whatever, should leave the audience with a message to consider.

In late 2005, I wrote a piece about Firefly and Serenity in which I took a step back from the works themselves to see what underlying messages I might get out of it. That piece was recently recorded (not by me) for the Firefly Talk podcast. I had actually forgotten that I had written it, but seeing it again today, in light of recent events, makes me sad. I was originally quite impressed with myself at the time for recognizing the messages I took from Serenity and being able to articulate exactly why I needed to act on them. I'm saddened though, because a year and a half later, I still haven't really acted on them... which is surely part of why I'm having difficulty in my personal life.

So for those of you who do hear a powerful message from whatever piece of art inspires you, I suggest you act on it; otherwise the message, however powerful it might be, is meaningless.
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Anonymous said...

Well, that's true.