What is really going on
all over America these days?
Why would people be destroying ART?
A violent scene of the destruction of public statues is nothing new in the history of humanity.
This madness is quite interesting to SEE and makes us ASK, “What is going on today?”
If you have done research into past historical events, from the Ancient to Contemporary cultures, it will provide examples of this same behavior. But in most of the past circumstances, we didn’t have television to view it every day like we do now. Besides, it was in other countries around the world and not here in the United States of America.
Is ART Dangerous?
Art always reflects the heart and soul of a civilization.
Art is ALWAYS viewed as the FIRST TARGET that must be DESTROYED by invading people groups. The destruction of ART is the beginning of what is to follow. Destruction of the nation’s art and the burning of libraries and books – go hand in hand. You see, those things are dangerous for they reflect the ability to THINK and to show a Collective Consciousness and PRIDE in their country. Invading groups want to destroy any artifact that reveals a nation’s PRIDE and THOUGHTS about life in the time in which they are living.
For the Greeks.
As a Humanities Professor, when I was lecturing on Greek Culture, I was always asked, “Why do all the statues have missing arms or heads? Why are the statues all broken up and why are they buried under the rubble of buildings?” We have to THINK about why the statues are broken up and body parts missing, and why is there so much rubble from buildings that were magnificent?
It’s always the same answer – another culture who wanted to conquer them came to destroy the culture that made the statues and buildings. For the Greeks, it was the Romans who flooded into their country and destroyed everything in sight and enslaved the Greeks. Yet after they destroyed the Greek cities, the Romans enslaved the Greek artists and sculptors and made them make ROMAN works. Every culture that destroys another culture, will TAKE the IDEAS from the ART of the conquered culture’s country and remake it into their OWN. It is RE-Presented as their own art. (Check out Greco-Roman art to see what I mean!)
Culture is what people left behind – the ART. We can know the heart and mind of a people by viewing their art. In the art we see their IDEAS.
For the Romans.
It was barbarian tribes who lived in areas surrounding Rome, and also those foreign people were permitted to enter Rome and were given citizenship. They flooded into the country, and became a fifth column, that brought Rome down. These invaders were Islamic and even the insides of the beautifully decorated Roman buildings were white-washed over to destroy the stories and scenes on the walls that were crafted in mosaic.
We have seen in our own lifetime, the destruction of ancient Buddhist statues in remote mountain areas, blasted or pulled down by Islamic radicals. We have seen museums vandalized and priceless artifacts from the ancient past destroyed by invading hoards of ignorant and violent people.
We see this same hatred of art and culture in our own country recently. Just like the plunderers of the Greek Art Works, contemporary people are destroying statues – works of art. Breaking them down, kicking the heads that roll onto the street, jumping on the parts of the sculptures like they have just escaped from an insane asylum.
These ignorant hoards have no idea of their own cultural roots – the thousands of years of their cultural history and roots.
What Do We Have in Common?
Every people group in this world has been persecuted at some point in the historical past – that is why we have such movement of various people groups over the thousands of years from one geographical place to another. When we begin doing work in ancestry, we soon see the migrations of the various people groups – and I mean ALL of them. We are ALL descendants of a VARIETY of people groups – every people group on this planet has roots from a variety of cultures. When you get your DNA done and you begin doing research, you soon learn you are a descent of about 6 or more, different people groups from wide areas of the world.
I always knew I am Irish and German – but by doing Ancestry, I found to my surprise I am Scandinavian, Iberian, Greek and Eastern European Jewish! What big surprises you will have in store when you do this. Every one of those cultures was conquered, chased away, persecuted, and unwanted at some period in their history. And, so, are we all a part of history in ways we cannot imagine. We are all people who descended from migrations and persecution, and more.
All of the various people groups, at some time in history, have been moved to a variety of locations and continents because of wars, religious persecution, slavery (and in doing good research we will find that ALL people groups have been enslaved at some point in the thousands of years). We are now seeing people who have no clue of their own histories – ignorant people – with no concept of who they are historically. What we are seeing presently, we can see in the destruction of all other cultures – Greek art and artifacts destroyed by invading Romans; Roman art and artifacts destroyed by Barbarian cultures they brought into their own country and gave citizenship to; etc.
Anarchy ALWAYS pinpoints the CULTURAL ARTIFACTS of a country or people group to DESTROY as a way of trying to destroy that very culture. They are trying to destroy Cultural Memory – but they don’t even know what that is.
Demonstrations and counter demonstrations are not the way to create harmony. Can we learn from history that destroying cultural artifacts is nothing more than vandalism?
_____Copyright, August 20, 2017. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved. _____
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