|"Fundamentalism references any form of belief that mandates a strict obedience to a particular set of beliefs."
More often than not, we hear anything along the lines of:art is the most beautiful form of human expression. Opening our hearts and minds to art helps us reveal new depths inside our, but also the souls of other people.
When you create art, your mind is running wild as the winds, newly-found self recognition pulls you in like a magnet, and as you progress further as an artist of any form, you get to know the deepest fears and successes of human kind. One of the artists' sub-conscious missions is to bring a problem into light, then offer a solution to that problem, if there is one. If there isn't, they have to state why, and more importantly, convince us that the fight was worth it even without a satisfying end.
So, why would anyone want to degrade those who are already underappreciated by the capitalist system which preaches that, unless your success can be counted in money value, it's not really a success?
Artist are the system's enemies. They're conscious of all the truths untold, their weapons (in this case, words) are dangerous against those who control masse. They're not followers, but not leaders either. The power they crave is not the one we see on TV and The News under political news section. They believe the power can and should be shared, for the well-being of everyone, and not only the selected few. With every word, every movement of a brush or on the scene, they're threatening to pull down the curtains and reveal just how corrupted the society can be, all because the power was given to a handful of people.
This piece captures a point of view of someone who curses at an artist in an almost desperate attempt to hold back the flood they're aware the artist is preparing. Constantly criticizing, throwing sticks and stones, they're attacking what's dearest to their heart: the truth they believe in and the truth they wish to share.
"You might as well be Mozart", said the fundamentalist, "I'm still going to sabotage you."
It's not that they're so closed off that no art can reach them, it's just that in order to keep the power they have now, they need to get rid of all threats, even the ones that seem harmless.
So, artists, share your truths. When they shout, scream. Scream your words into the winds, and the winds will bring them to the right people. Don't listen to the critics of those who are only ready to tell you what's wrong with your art; listen to those who, with their critics, encourage you to become a better artist, and not those who desire to drag you down.
I really enjoyed reading and analyzing this poem, the realism and darkness of it is fascinating!