In this section of Unification Thought a theory of art is considered. Culture defines the totality of human activities and Art is placed at the center of these cultural activities as the essence of such proceedings. However, the theory of art also reveals concerns over tendencies towards decadent expressions of what might otherwise be ideals; these serving humanity in a positive, ethical and affirmative way. World culture may therefore face a serious crises if this negative tendency persists. Accordingly, it is reasoned, a new culture and a true art movement might be both advantageous and relevant for our times.
Through human history the arts have frequently played a leading role in bringing about change. The Renaissance period is a clear example of this, where the arts heralded a systemic change in this cultural epoch. Yet, art supplied a more questionable contribution to the Russian Revolution, thus in the revolutionary period the arts formed as a style known as Social Realism. This throws in to question, what the term art, might mean. For the most part, Social Realism became the instrument of a materialistic dialectic, serving the state rather than a principle of inspirational and autonomous creativity.
The function and the purpose of the arts are therefore examined here in this light and a counterproposal to social realism is presented. Believing the future will more and more, move towards a profound and universal expression of the arts, it is more pressing than ever to present a new theory of art from the viewpoint of transcendent and immanent perspectives; something Unification Thought suggests, belongs to a philosophy of religion rather than a state orchestrated doctrine.
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