Given the tragic events of the last few weeks across the world, it is imperative that we continue a discussion on the consequences of destroying symbols which reflect or memorialize our legacies and histories. We will also counter what misinformed men have been doing to our cultural heritage and worse. We will most certainly remind the rest of the world that as long as we have our memories, our cultural heritage will always live on, with or without tangible objects of art. And where art is absent or destroyed, art will always be recreated.
Memory will ensure that art continues to evolve
Let us emphasize that last statement. Where art is absent or has been destroyed, someone will always rise up and create something new in its place. But, historically, men and women have always been able to utilize their artistic gifts and restore something old to what it was before. Another post reflected on the evolution of art. Going forward, whether reprising the old or creating something entirely new from scratch, this evolution will continue. It will continue for as long as the rest of humankind has the memories to aid them.
Even the tools that men use today, technologically advanced and more streamlined for ease of use rely on ancient skills of craftsmanship. The table fixed router has all the characteristics and functions of a saw and axe. The only difference is that craftsmanship is enhanced with speed, efficiency and accuracy, further characteristics which reflect a modern era which is influenced by present time. Many other tools of craftsmanship continue to match the twenty-first century pace of present-day artistic evolution and expression. The misinformed destructors of everything that is valued by the majority of the world’s citizens have, in turn, been wrongfully influenced by just a few men who only have aspirations to sow evil and not propagate ideologies.
Memory helps to put out the fires
Behind every ideological and threatening speech, lurks an evil design. In order for this design to bear fruit, it must wreak havoc and everything that blocks its path must be destroyed. Evil, it is plain to see, is a short-sighted fallacy. History has shown humankind time and time again, that it never lasts. What was once destroyed is quickly or gradually re-built. And if the evil mind is blinded by its rage and cannot look back over a period of thousands of years, it should be reminded by recent history, not yet twenty years old, that the destruction of one nation’s (or entire nations’) cultural heritage and the icons that reflect it will resolutely rise up from the ashes and be re-built or re-imaged elsewhere.
Even if this were not the case, memories never fade and people can still silently hold on to what is precious to them in art, culture, and religion or self.
So, while the world continues to mourn at the few warped fundamentalists’ misguided demonstrations, it also smiles silently to itself because it knows that as long as its memory can never be destroyed everything that is still good in it will, somehow, be preserved.