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Art as Civility

It is true that art and artists often live on the edge of chaos. The artist temperament loves the borders of the unknown and the unexplored. It is where creativity can be discovered. Yet it is equally true that the desire for order is the creative process. Creativity is bringing order out of chaos. So inside of the artist exists a tension between chaos and order. Art is the result of bridging the thrill of chaos with our desire for order.
It is no secret that our society lacks any general sense of civility. The polarization or the chasm between this group and that group seems to grow wider each day. And yet the artist is given a wonderful and unique position to be a bridge builder between extreme perspectives.
I was shown video interview not too long ago between Woody Allen and Billy Graham. The interview impacted me more than I thought it would when I first watched it. What struck me is not necessarily anything either of them said but the way they treated one another. Woody Allen, of co…

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