Website owner: James Miller
In our modern age much is made of realism. We declare, in particular, our preference for realism in literature, drama, etc.. And what is meant by this? We refer to its focus on (and preoccupation with) "the low life", with badness, vulgarity, violence, infidelity, etc.. We say this is realism, this is "what life really is". The honest man of character and integrity, motivated by the highest principles and ideals, is absent in our literature and drama. I ask a question. Is the honest, upright man any less realistic, any less a part of reality, than the low, vulgar person? Don't the two just represent different facets of reality? Just because the bulk of humanity tends to gravitate towards the low, vulgar, and immoral, just because the low, immoral person tends to more accurately represent most of humanity, does that make the honest, upright person unrealistic? Is it honest to look just at the filth and base and ugly things of life and say "this is life" and to blatantly ignore the beautiful and lovely and good things in life? Is it healthy? Is it healthy to focus on the diarrhea of life all the time? To become obsessed with it to the exclusion of the flowers and music and joy and beautiful things of life? Are not ideals, visions of honesty and goodness, visions of all that is good and right and beautiful, vital to the health of the soul? What happens when you destroy these ideals and visions? Is not a vision of the high and the good vital to the welfare of the soul? Is it not vital that every man strive for the highest and best that is in him? And can he do this without a vision, an ideal, a model in his mind and heart? Is there not a deep and subtle fallacy and self- deception in the popular sentiment that "realism" is good? Mar 1980 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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