Three Incredible Paragraphs

November 11, 2013 § 1 Comment

“Capitalism, for all its emphasis on the free market, hates competition – that is, any challenge to its system. Anybody with a smattering of English history knows about the great conflicts between church and state. We know that traditionally there have been been two powers: the material world and the invisible world. God and Mammon.

Well, Mammon won the big battle, and there is no effective force in the west to challenge the dogma of capitalism. The church at least paid lip service to a different value system to the one Margaret Thatcher hailed as “no alternative”.

Art is a different value system. Like God, it fails us continually. Like God, we have legitimate doubts about its existence but, like God, art leaves us with footprints of beauty. We sense there is more to life than the material world can provide, and art is a clue, an intimation, at its best, a transformation. We don’t need to believe in it, but we can experience it. The experience suggests that the monolith of corporate culture is only a partial reality. This is important information, and art provides it.”

Jeanette Winterston

§ One Response to Three Incredible Paragraphs

  • Daniel Hale says:

    I’m pretty sure this is what Catholic social teaching tells us too in the form of ‘authentic human development’: “There is more to progress than economic growth. Genuine progress must be complete. No one can be left out. No part of any one can be left out.” Populorum Progressio #14 (1967)

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