‘Spir­i­tual cen­ter’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“For the fine arts to re­vive, they must re­cover their spir­i­tual cen­ter. [. . .] The New Age move­ment, to which I be­long, was a dis­til­la­tion of the 1960s’ mul­ti­cul­tural at­trac­tion to world reli­gions, but it has failed thus far to pro­duce im­por­tant work in the vis­ual arts. The search for spir­i­tual mean­ing has been reg­is­ter­ing in pop­u­lar cul­ture in­stead through science fiction, as in Ge­orge Lu­cas’ six-film Star Wars saga, with its evoca­tive mas­ter myth of the ‘Force.’ But tech­nol­ogy for its own sake is never enough. It will al­ways re­quire sup­ple­men­ta­tion through cul­ti­va­tion in the arts. [. . .]

“Pro­gres­sives must start rec­og­niz­ing the spir­i­tual poverty of con­tem­po­rary sec­u­lar hu­man­ism and re-ex­am­ine the way that lib­er­al­ism too of­ten now au­to­mat­i­cally de­fines hu­man as­pi­ra­tion and hu­man hap­pi­ness in re­duc­tively eco­nomic terms.”

— Camille Paglia, writ­ing on “Re­li­gion and the Arts in Amer­ica,” in the spring/sum­mer is­sue of Arion

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