I want to thank Bryan, Craig, and Nick for such a civilized discussion regarding politics and art. I also want to thank the many commentators who joined in.
I only have a personal, autobiographical, inward-looking comment. I grew up in an extremely anti-war, pro-Catholic, libertarian household. I’m deeply thankful to my mom, my aunts, my maternal grandmother, and the Dominican nuns for teaching me that EVERY SINGLE HUMAN LIFE (regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, skin tone, etc.) matters.
Life is precious, and the good life is even more so.
The Catholic Church has its flaws to be sure, but it also has its great strengths. One of its greatest strengths is its fight–whatever its practice–for the dignity of all humans.
This said, during the early and mid-80s, nothing gave me more fighting strength to promote what needed to be promoted than U2’s album WAR and Rush’s album GRACE UNDER PRESSURE.
With these two examples, I realized fully the power of art. These albums not only honed my thoughts, but they also–equally importantly–properly channelled my anger, the anger that probably ever teenager feels.