“I’ve always believed that the divisions between high art and low art, between high culture, which really ought to be called ‘sanctified culture,’ and what’s sometimes called popular culture, but really ought to be called ‘everyday culture’ — the culture of anyone’s everyday life, the music I listen to, the movies you see, the advertisements that infuriate us and that sometimes we find so thrilling, so moving — I’ve always believed that these divisions are false. And, as a result of trying to make that argument over the years, I’ve also come to believe that these divisions are permanent — they can be denied, but they can never go away.” — Greil Marcus, Commencement ceremony, School of Visual Arts, 2013
“No man is so foolish but may give another good counsel sometimes; and no man is so wise but may easily err, if he will take no others’ counsel but his own. But very few men are wise by their own counsel, or learned by their own teaching. For he that was only taught by himself had a fool to his master.” — Ben Jonson, Timber: or, Discoveries made upon men and matter
“I am more and more convinced that taking life over-seriously is a frivolous thing.” — Eric Hoffer, Eric Hoffer and the Art of the Notebook
“The past is not done with you because you can’t get rid of it.” — Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Happy Talk”, Rubin Museum of Art (17 December 2012)
Peace as a cause is back and it’s about time!
I know no one is going to tell me they ever gave up on the cause or that it became unpopular but I haven’t seen this level of peace activism since flower power gave way to disco fever.
Being for peace is being for many things. As Eddie Vedder said when introducing Imagine: “Well, so anti war make you pro many things. Pro peace, pro human, pro evolution, Makes you pro communication, pro diplomacy, pro love, pro understanding, pro forgiveness. You know some people don’t understand how you can be pro soldier. If you are anti war your pro soldier because you don’t want the soldier to be put in harms way.”
To quote from his post, Imagine That — I’m Still Anti-War, on the Pearl Jam website: “We are such a remarkable species. Capable of creating beauty. Capable of awe-inspiring advancements. We must be capable of resolving conflicts without bloodshed.”
Eddie Vedder is making news with peace!