Donald Trump: At War With Art

So, I recently learned that Donald Trump is killing art:

Donald Trump moving forward with plans to kill National Endowment for the Arts, PBS and NPR

In response to this news:

Excerpts from Saint John Paul II’s Letter to Artists:

None can sense more deeply than you artists, ingenious creators of beauty that you are, something of the pathos with which God at the dawn of creation looked upon the work of his hands.

Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet… all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece.

Those who perceive in themselves… the artistic vocation—as poet, writer, sculptor, architect, musician, actor and so on—feel at the same time the obligation not to waste this talent but to develop it, in order to put it at the service of their neighbor and of humanity as a whole.

Humanity in every age, and even today, looks to works of art to shed light upon its path and its destiny.

Society needs artists, just as it needs scientists, technicians, workers, professional people, witnesses of the faith, teachers, fathers and mothers, who ensure the growth of the person and the development of the community…

Every genuine artistic intuition goes beyond what the senses perceive and, reaching beneath reality’s surface, strives to interpret its hidden mystery. The intuition itself springs from the depths of the human soul, where the desire to give meaning to one’s own life is joined by the fleeting vision of beauty and of the mysterious unity of things. All artists experience the unbridgeable gap which lies between the work of their hands, however successful it may be, and the dazzling perfection of the beauty glimpsed in the ardour of the creative moment: what they manage to express in their painting, their sculpting, their creating is no more than a glimmer of the splendour which flared for a moment before the eyes of their spirit.

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May the beauty which you pass on to generations still to come be such that it will stir them to wonder! Faced with the sacredness of life and of the human person, and before the marvels of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude.

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2 thoughts on “Donald Trump: At War With Art

  1. I miss Pope John Paul II! Yet Pope Francis is standing firm for the Gospel and its practical application; I trust and hope that he will continue as he has begun.

    Trump’s actions in this are exactly those of a tyrant. Dictators through history have tried to force artists to make art that glorifies the dictator or not make art at all. Yet anyone who studies the history of the arts soon realizes that this is impossible. Artists who stay true to their gifts always find ways to subvert tyrants’ aims. Examples from the last century: George Grosz, Paul Hindemith, Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, Yevgeni Yevtushenko…

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