Why do we style our hair or wear appropriate clothes?
Why do we sing and dance?
Why do we sing in church?
Why did Hitler sponsor singing societies?
Why did the Pharaohs' build the pyramids?
Why did the Catholic Church build great cathedrals?
IF YOU HAVE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT THESE QUESTIONS, YOU MIGHT THINK ABOUT THEM, BECAUSE THESE ARE ALL WAYS TO INFLUENCE YOU TO FOLLOW THE LEADER WHETHER THE LEADER IS A PARENT, A PEER, A RELIGION, A KING, OR A DICTATOR.
SINGING, DANCING, DECORATING, BUILDING GREAT BUILDINGS, AND PAINTING GREAT PICTURES ARE ALLART ACTIVITIES.
BUT, you might say, art is only for enjoyment; it has noREALpurpose.
SURE, many paintings, songs, buildings, stories, and decorations are only meant to entertain or be pleasing…and…many are made for art’s sake. Take the Cubist movement for example. Once the first painting was done that had the “cubist” look, artists emulated, expanded, and followed the idea to its logical end. That is art within art, and that is fine but…
ART EVOLVED AS A HUMAN BEHAVIOR FOR ANOTHER PURPOSE.
Many of those singing Germans may have goose-stepped to Hitler’s tune. They were mostly well-meaning, ordinary people. Why did they follow Hitler?There are many reasons and one of them is that Hitler knew how to use what I call “closed coercion.”He knew how to get people to follow his leadership down the most terrible roads without their realizing that they had been coerced into doing so.