The Right’s Neglect of Art and Literature

Tonight, I was involved with an interesting twitter exchange that got me thinking about the right’s attitudes towards art, literature and culture.

They claim that they want the culture to change. There are a ton of nonfiction books scolding the society for the state it’s in and ranting about how it needs to change. There are commentators on the radio and television going on and on about how horrible things are today in society. Well, what do they expect?

The Right cannot ignore art and literature and then expect the culture to change. Politics alone will not do that. You can’t legislate morality. You have to change society through many different avenues, politics being only one of those.

Yes. Yes. I know the argument. I’ve heard it before. However, laws do not legislate morality, they legislate actions, which some equate with morality. But, they are not the same.

Cussing in front of a lady could land a man in jail at one time. Did not cussing in front of ladies change a man’s idea of the right or wrong of cussing? Of course not. It just punished the behavior. That same man could cuss up a storm when ladies weren’t present.

When you neglect society, eventually, society changed the laws. Which is exactly what has been happening over the past 50 years. We went from a society with cohesive traditional values and work ethic to a hedonistic society where “if it feels good do it” and individuals aren’t responsible for themselves.

So why conservatives think that ignoring culture, art and literature in favor of ranting about politics is going to somehow miraculously change society? They’re daft.

Last year, when I was at the National Diaper Bank Conference in Philadelphia, the keynote speaker talked about influencing moms in regards to caring for their children. She sited statistics that showed fictional television programs did more to change what people do than fact based PSAs. Mom’s emulated their favorite characters on the shows.

Messaging in shows is now a common practice. Watch any television show and you’ll see messaging designed to change your thinking on certain subjects as well as your actions.

Now when that is coming from an ultra liberal, that is a scary thing. The left has been using literature and art for a long time in order to change the direction of society. They have been putting in messaging to change the way you think and act. And it happens without you realizing it.

Feed yourself a steady diet of liberal leaning literature and you’ll soon find yourself agreeing with liberal ideals, whether you want to or not.

Why do you think the shift to supporting gay marriage happened so danged quickly? It was because literature and art were feeding this opinion into the minds of Americans.

Yes, it does sound very much like a conspiracy theory, but it’s not. It’s backed up by years of scientific and advertising research designed original to get consumers to buy certain products.

Contrast today’s liberal leaning, hate everything traditional, literature and art with classic shows from years ago.

Lately, I’ve been watching episodes of Zorro with Guy Williams. I had watched reruns of the show as a child and fell in love with the characters. I decided to look it up online and found some of the episodes on Youtube. Boy was I shocked.

There is a sense of class in the old show that has been long gone in modern TV. And as anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that I was impressed that there was a great respect for religion. The newer versions of the legend either eliminate religion completely or use it for comedic purposes with little respect shown.

As a child watching the old shows, Zorro, The Lone Ranger, Rocky & Bullwinkle, I wanted to emulate these types of characters. I wanted to be on the side of good and fight for what’s right.

If we want to return to a society of traditional values and morals, we need to focus on art and literature. We need to bring back the class and the morals that used to be integral in our society. We need to feed the minds with good solid stories, art, television and movies.

If you’re not into the arts, you can still do your part by supporting the advancement of conservative literature and art. Money gets those works out into the world where they can be influential. Heck, just talking about conservative authors and their works would do wonders to help build a solid foundation in which to rebuild the culture from the ground up.

I’m not talking conservative message fiction. I’m talking good stories grounded in conservative values. You don’t need to shove values down people’s throats to pass them on. Just create good stories that people want to read with good characters people want to read about and emulate.

If you need somewhere to start, check out MAGA 2020 & Beyond.

Finally, a fun collection of speculative fiction short stories and thought-provoking essays for people who want to Make America Great Again.” ~ Amazon Reviewer

 

A Literature of Dreams by David Hallquist

A Literature of Dreams

by David Hallquist

What good are stories, anyway?

When one considers the more practical professions: the engineer, the scientist, the farmer, and the protector, their benefits to society at large are well understood and measurable. The profession of the storyteller is somewhat less unclear as to the merits of society. From the earliest cave men to men walking on the moon, the storyteller has remained with us: in books, plays, epics, opera, movies, television, and now video-games. The reason for this is that human beings dream. Stories, when done well, evoke dreams. Thus, the benefit of a story teller is to evoke dreams.

Why do dreams matter?

Dreams are the origin point of human creation. Knowledge and reason are essential for formulating ideas into a useful form. Ideas must have an origin, though. Ideas come from dreams. Science-Fiction, Fantastic Fiction and Speculative Fiction in general have an ability to generate the dreams that lead to new useful ideas.

Consider the engineer who was inspired to go into that field from “Star Trek”, or the pioneers of computer science and robotics that were inspired by the golden age pulp classics of computers and robots. The writers did not create these things, but they did help inspire the people who came later who did.

This then may be the true calling of the storyteller: to help create wonder and dreams to inspire others to greatness. By bringing such dreams into the minds of others, the storyteller can not only inspire, but bring about new visions of what may not have been believed to be possible.

The type of the dream matters.

An exultant dream of a triumph over evil, a hopeful dream of a better tomorrow, or an inventive dream of a new way of doing things can help inspire humanity to new heights. Nightmares of failure, rampant injustice, and scenes of gray stagnation do not inspire, however, but do exactly the opposite. They may be heralded as “realistic” but that does not make them either real, nor of a benefit. Adversity and evil make drama, and the drama is the process of overcoming evil and adversity, sometimes at great sacrifice, but that they are to be overcome is the goal of the protagonist. A meaningless series of gray and hopeless events inspires one to do nothing.

A question to ask in the evaluation of art is: what does it inspire? Does it inspire one to greatness and wonder? Or, is it a gray work that beats down all hope, mocks all virtue and tells one that all achievement is meaningless? What views will inspire and thus shape the world from the work? Weather creating art, or enjoying it, the type of art and it’s inspiration are ours to choose. What dreams will you choose to dream?