“Art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable.”
– Cesar A. Cruz
April 1, 2020
Sometimes in life an individual ends up where they want to go. Other times they end up where they need to go. This is the latter.
My original intent with simply to share poetry in order to offer inspiration to others while sharing my work, and then I began to write as I often do, so I decided to follow the natural course of my thoughts.
Even so, I don’t plan on featuring too much poetry on this blog, but I do also believe that it is important to make sure that as individuals we rebalance ourselves as well as help others do so when we are off balance. Writing, poetry, art, music, dance, besides reading and research, all help me do this. I also find that just as I am able to rebalance through those passions, the poetry and books of other writers featured here help other individuals find inspiration as well.
The main point is that the Arts help individuals rebalance significantly, just like strong relationships do. Arts also help create a strong culture and vice versa.
Despite that, something that has concerned me for some time is the decline in culture, which we can see in starkest fashion through the arts. Whether it is film, paintings, music and so on, there is a noteworthy decline in culture, and it doesn’t just stop at the arts, which is why it’s even more concerning.
Some have argued that art mirrors life, and I find that to be true. And isn’t it ironic that in what one could argue was one of the greatest periods of human history and innovation that saw civilization thrive across the board, the Renaissance period, art began flourishing in myriad ways that mirrored the cultural synergy of the period, essentially helping pull civilization out of the Dark Ages. That’s the power of a strong cultural bond coupled to inspiration and innovation, which I don’t find discussed as much as one would think given how dark the Dark Ages were, and how important the Renaissance was to the course of humanity. [Note: I do realize that there is another potentially esoteric aspect as to why the Renaissance period began, but we’re going with the official narrative for now for simplicity’s sake].
But at the current historical juncture, society is not in a period in which our culture is flourishing, but one in which it is declining. This does not mean everything is on the decline culturally. I am talking about the long-term trend of the cultural decline in America when all is taken into consideration.
That cultural descent in America has been steady and for a few decades at least, but it’s a phenomena that is clear to see and even feel, particularly when you talk to the older generations. It’s not so much that things have changed because chance is constant; it’s just that the quality and substance of things has become quite vapid, and visual arts through TV and movies, are the easiest place to view this trend.
But for the longest time I thought it was just me who saw a phenomenal that wasn’t there, until I heard renaissance man Dr. Farrell of (GizaDeathStar.com) discuss this in his member podcasts with Daniel several times, and I have also heard Dr. Farrell speak of this issue with Catherine Austin Fitts occasionally on her website (Solari.com). After that, I realized that this Culture decline that I felt wasn’t just a random circumstance or feeling, but a significant issue that needs a lot more exposure because it is critical and yet almost never discussed at all, even in the alternative media.
In fact, the current American cultural decline reminds me of a paper by Professor Patrick Deneen titled How A Generation Lost Its Common Culture. In that paper, Professor Deneen make a stark remark about culture, homing-in on the educational part of our cultural decline:
“Our students are the achievement of a systemic commitment to producing individuals without a past for whom the future is a foreign country, cultureless ciphers who can live anywhere and perform any kind of work without inquiring about its purposes or ends, perfected tools for an economic system that prizes “flexibility” (geographic, interpersonal, ethical).
In such a world, possessing a culture, a history, an inheritance, a commitment to a place and particular people, specific forms of gratitude and indebtedness (rather than a generalized and deracinated commitment to “social justice”), a strong set of ethical and moral norms that assert definite limits to what one ought and ought not to do (aside from being “judgmental”) are hindrances and handicaps.”[Bold Emphasis Added].
The second paragraph keenly describes part of how I have felt throughout the years, wherein I experienced instances where valuing substance and quality in culture and all relationships was often a handicap and a hindrance, rather than the glue that used to keep individuals bonded deeply in the past far more than it does now.
It is an odd thing that in a society that is said to value Freedom, I actually felt shame in the past about sharing poetry, which severely held me back as a writer and as a person because I essentially locked myself into catacombs of life for far too long. But I do not feel as such any longer, which is why I have shared so much of it on various social media platform and forums.
Predictably, the second I embraced my Love for Poetry and Life was exactly the moment that I began growing rapidly as a person and as a writer. This circumstance makes me wonder how many other individuals are being held back because they are wearing self-imposed (though socially engineered), or system-installed conformist shackles that are preventing their growth.
Likewise, part of the reason I am sharing my thoughts is because I realize how important it is to show that Culture is a subject that is just as important as any other topic in this blog, and perhaps in fact more.
Because if as a society we gain knowledge about everything else in life as our technological progress continues, but we lose our Common Culture, then we’ve lost everything. And that’s honestly not a society I want to live in.
So if I can do anything else to help society slow down its decent with my drop in the bucket occasionally sharing poetry or arts, or even help steer its decent with the work of all other artists, writers and individuals featured on some of my pages, then I’ll continue to do so because I find it incredibly important for numerous reasons.
Only by embracing our truest inner nature as individuals and the traditions that made American great in the first place, but which have been on the decline for a long time, will we as individuals and as a society begin to flourish past the shadows of the past and recast a firm foundation for a sound future in which the integration of everything of substance and virtue that so many people fought for can finally be infused into the endless tapestry that life provides. This would provide the glue with which significant relationships can foster from, thus strengthening society not only at the family level, but at the community levels as well, which cascades from there.
This is part of what made America such a beacon of hope in the past for many, and I hope does so again sometime in the future. No matter how far in the future it may be.
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Zy Marquiez is author of Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, and also an avid book reviewer, poet, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, health freedom advocate, and writer who aims at empowering individuals in many ways, while also delving deeper and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, Individuality, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.
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