I have been intending to post this for a few days, as followup to my post about aristocracy supporting achievement, and a link I acquired this morning via An Englishman’s Castle prompted me to action. Because the fact is, the notion that everybody ought to be exactly equal in the eyes of the law leads inevitably to the notion that everybody ought to be equal, period, and the only way to maintain that absurdity is by lowering standards. This is what has been going on for the last several decades, and why the products of the last few decades are almost all ugly and comical. This is not something that might hypothetically occur at some point in the future, it has already occurred.
The Englishman posted this link which gives a perfect example: Anger after student stages ‘suicide’ as performance art.
A SWEDISH art student has been condemned by police and medical staff after she faked a suicide attempt and then attacked a hospital’s psychiatric nurses and doctors as part of a “play”.
For her final project before graduation, Anna Odell, 35, pretended she was about to take her own life by jumping off a bridge. Horrified witnesses called police, who restrained the kicking and screaming woman.
To heighten the irony, when I visited the page, the sponsor ad was for a company called “Snorgtees” and featured three adolescent tarts wearing T-shirts, the first of which bore the slogan, “I’M KIND OF A BIG DEAL.” I find myself tempted to send Miss Odell one of them, except that she probably wouldn’t understand that it was an insult. Also, on rereading the article, I see that she is 35, and thus well past the age when silly, narcissistic behavior can be partly excused by youth.
This article naturally reminded me of another “art student” who made headlines a few months back: For senior, abortion a medium for art, political discourse. This little tramp videotaped herself pretending to perform multiple home abortions on herself. Besides having the effrontery to make this her senior art project at Yale (which, some of you may recall, was once a school with standards), she also pretended that the abortions were real. The day the news was released many people believed her claim that she had spent months getting herself pregnant “as often as possible” and then aborting her children for the camera, all for an art project. When the university revealed that the abortions were fake (and others pointed out the biological unlikelihood of the enterprise), she continued to insist that they were real; apparently, sticking to the lie was part of the “project”.
I believe it is in order to remind ourselves of what an art education is supposed to equip a person to do:
This is by John William Godward, who committed suicide when the hoax known as “modern art” destroyed his career. His suicide note said that there was not enough room in the world for both him and Picasso.
Once we lowered our standards enough for Picasso and Mondrian, it was only a matter of time before silly girls who couldn’t draw a stick figure started presenting their neurotic bids for attention as “art”. Tell narcissists with no ability that they are equal to Alma-Tadema and publicity stunts like these follow inevitably.
Shall we go on? In the nineteenth century, preteens were reading Dante in school. American children not yet into two digits knew the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and most of the Bible by heart. Nowadays, well, I suspect that only two or three of my teachers had even read any of these works, and they were old enough to remember higher standards. Academic standards had to be lowered so that everybody could reach them, because not everybody could do what was once demanded.
Before equality, black Americans gave the world jazz, one of the most moving, complex, life-affirming forms of music ever created. Now, the race which gave us Marian Anderson and Louis Armstrong has given up singing and creating melodies in exchange for talking rhythmically. It can’t be racial inferiority causing blacks to produce “music” as worthless as rap, though it must be a tempting argument to the remaining racists in the world; less than a century ago they created something of infinitely more artistic worth. No, the egalitarian lowering of standards is to blame.
I got these images from Wikipedia, which says the one of Miss Jolie was taken at the World Economic Forum in Davos. It’s like they were trying to prove my point. In 1948, did anybody invite an actress to a “world economic forum”?