- Nov 1, 2015
Culture thrives when it is strong in itself, with a strong sense of itself. Then it can absorb external influences without slavishly aping them. And example of this is the way the Celts learned techniques of Greek sculpture - but they never aped Greek style. You will not see a single Celtic artwork that looks Greek - and yet, to the trained eye, the Greek technique may be apparent. Today, Irish culture is too weak and groundless to absorb any influence in a creative way. These days, Ireland just slavishly apes whatever is the latest fad in London or New York. We may throw a smattering of shamrocks over it and call it Irish, but it is a painful defeat to the discerning person.
I imagine when you were writing this thread you thought you would piss off the likes of me. But you don't piss me off at all. I am a lover of all the cultures of the world - as any regular reader of my posts will know. If I listen to a Japanese man play the Shakuhachi, and my soul is elevated by his art, does that mean that I have become Japanese and he has become Irish? Not at all. It means we both love art, and he, in his Japanese nature, gives the world something unique and very precious. To dilute or dissolve his Japanese nature into some Globalist pottage would be a crime against art and authentic human being.
Good god man you are such a narcissist.
You like music from around the world, so post some.