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The Big Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0500  Thursday, 25 May 2006

[1] 	From: 	Sam Small <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 23 May 2006 23:03:20 +0100
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0476 The Big Question

[2] 	From: 	Joseph Egert <
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	Date: 	Wednesday, 24 May 2006 19:48:30 +0000
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0476 The Big Question


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From: 		Sam Small <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 23 May 2006 23:03:20 +0100
Subject: 17.0476 The Big Question
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0476 The Big Question

John W. Kennedy's formative, if a little tetchy, reply still did not 
answer the question.  I believe all artists are moralists by definition 
of their life's work.  To comment on life is to enter a moral discourse. 
  One could even argue that abstract artists take a view that the world 
can be viewed in a purer state - away from the frailty of wrong-doers. 
Surely Macbeth is designed to scare the be-Jesus out of the most casual 
of viewers who might be tempted to stick in the knife.  The moral 
message, if you like, or better "experienced opinion of human behaviour 
linked to a religious faith" is that wrong doing has terrible 
consequences on the perpetrator as well as the victim.  But is this 
deeply Shakespearian notion true?  If most of us dreamed of murder we 
would wake up screaming.  But to others it may not be true.  Money and 
ego is all that matters - those for whom a Shakespeare play is mere 
platitudinous nonsense.  In our world now there are Iagos, Aarons, and 
Richards bent on destroying peace and love. They will never change.

Mr Kennedy should not chastise our governments (US & UK) by alluding to 
"moral issues ... ignored".  There is a world of difference between 
astonishing incompetence and intelligent evil.  Shakespeare had a view 
on both.

SAM SMALL

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From: 		Joseph Egert <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 24 May 2006 19:48:30 +0000
Subject: 17.0476 The Big Question
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0476 The Big Question

John Kennedy declares: "it is aesthetics, and not morality, that is the 
proper concern of the artist..."

But John, "Could beauty have better commerce than with honesty?"

Joe Egert

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