I just finished reading a great short little book by Howard Zinn titled “Artists in Times of War”. He talks about how it is the artist’s responsibility to speak out against war. Historically artists have been the ones to speak out.
I agree with this wholeheartedly! Problem is, I’m torn between knowing that I have to speak out and do something and being afraid to speak out and do something. In reality, feeling afraid to speak out just makes me angry and makes me want to do even more.
Is this not the greatest country in the world after all? Are we not free to speak our minds? I don’t like to write about politics on this blog, mainly because I am a visual person, I am not a writer. I don’t really know how to put my feelings and beliefs into words.
I do know that I am tired of all the crap going on in this country and I am tired of all the ignorant Americans who continue to believe we are in this war for good reason. I am tired of the propaganda and the use of the media to distract us from what is really going on.
Why is peace such a difficult concept? Why does greed run this country, this world? Why are so-called Christians(not bashing all Christians here, I know there are good and bad) so gung-ho for war? I mean, isn’t ‘Thou shalt not kill’ one of the ten commandments? I have often wondered how a person can be against abortion but for war? It is murder to kill a fetus, but sending my 18 year old off to die is patriotic?
And my ultimate question…..WHY CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?!!!!!
Let there be peace on earth!!! I think it is time for me to pick up where I left off with my peace series! Painting is the only way I know how to contribute my voice and make it heard (or in this case, seen!)
In what ways are you making your voice heard?