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2nd Killer Assumption that destroys Art in America

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2. THE LIFE OF MOST CLASSICAL MUSICAL ARTISTS IN A UTILITARIAN [Market based] SOCIETY MUST BE THE PATH OF THE ARDENT AMATEUR.

[i.e. If it's useful it isn't Art.] What flows from this toxic assumption is the reality that the only people who have the time, resources and access to accomplish artistic practice are those who are wealthy or those who are so poor that Art seems an elusive door out of their condition. This is every mother's nightmare when their child says that they want a life in the Arts. "You don't have enough money or you may as well since you have nothing to lose!"

These toxic assumptions belie the fact that becoming a professional artist is a complex series of life decisions based upon a person's personal vision of their meaning in life. That Artists accomplish a service of great value to the society should be accepted and that they should be compensated for their product and value should be one of the things that defines a society as either worthwhile or philistine. REH

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