Expensive Ugliness

It’s a beautiful day today. And beautiful days make a man think about the purpose of what he does.

When everything seems just right, and nature is revealing it’s full splendor the way God Almighty intended, you have to wonder–why would anybody want to wallow in ugliness?

The broad answer, of course, is that human nature involves a dark and unhealthy impulse towards self-destruction that’s not exactly tucked away deeply.

But more specifically, why indulge in and create art that’s bleak and nasty?

Hollywood and the other institutions at the forefront of creating our culture have long since decided their goal as cultural forces is to produce expensive ugliness. These hypocrites like to say their art just reflects the world, but that’s nonsense. It reflects the world THEY HELPED INFLUENCE AND CREATE.

So I ask you this: Does ugliness really appeal to you? Is this what you want in your cultural artifacts? After a long, hard day at work or with the family, do you enjoy tales of brutality, depravity, senseless and gratuitous violence, cruelty, and mocking sarcasm?

If so, why?

8 comments

  1. Ahh, the pursuit of truth and beauty! I don’t have any answers to these questions, like why do people listen to violent and ugly music all about drugs, despair, and suicide?? Horror movies? Porn? Why did people pay to go to the Roman Coliseums and watch people get eaten by wild animals?

    I do know one thing, I really began to question theories of evolution when I realized that human nature seems so hell bent on our own self destruction, it’s a miracle we’ve survived this long! Whereas a dog will just go take a nap in the sunshine, people are more like, “So I wonder what else I can smoke in my fancy electronic vape pen???” A bleak subject on a beautiful day for sure, it is just that we people are completely unreasonable and illogical, most of the time. 🙂

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    • “. . . why do people listen to violent and ugly music all about drugs, despair, and suicide?? Horror movies? Porn?”

      I suppose for thrills, and for a glimpse of something different, in the case of, say, crime stories. But a few things:

      1) I wonder about the people who make these things. If a filmmaker’s entire oeuvre consists of innocent people getting murdered in sick and twisted ways with the murderer facing no justice, that says a LOT about the filmmaker.
      2) If one only consumes entertainment like this, it’s going to have an effect despite what libertarians try to tell us.

      “. . . I really began to question theories of evolution when I realized that human nature seems so hell bent on our own self destruction . . .”

      This, among other things, absolutely makes me question the theory of evolution by natural selection as well! Forget the math of it not adding up; the end result doesn’t either! I mean, I’ve brought up homosexuality to hardcore evolutionists and they tried to tell me gayness is somehow an evolutionary survival mechanism . . . forget that the Darwinists claim “passing on your genetic material” is the primary urge of all life and all successful mutations.

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  2. Alexander

    Aaaaa the cult of ugliness (sound like a cool Living color song) that I’ve decryed for years.
    Happily the crowdfunding/ neo patronage movement is slowly reversing it.

    xavier

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  3. —That’s a really good point insanitybytes22! In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever come across that before. It does fly in the face of evolution. That’s actually a great point.

    cheers

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  4. It is better for someone to create something “ugly”, due to their lack of skill than to create a technically perfect ugly work of art.

    For example: a child trying to draw a picture of their parents… objectively, it is an ugly picture, but it is beautiful because of the intent. A perfectly drawn picture of an innocent person being vivisected is ugly, no matter how perfect the execution is.

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