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The Last and the Lost

In society, art is in the domain of culture; equity is in that of structure. Any holistic transformation of a society must impact both these domains.

I understand art as the imaginative expression of an experience, of an artist’s intuition expressed in a sensory medium. Authentic art reveals the deep unconscious, the fantasies and fears, the hopes and anxieties, of a people in their social situation. As such, it is a critical, even an essential, expression of a society. No society is without its art.

Equity is fairness beyond a justice of rights and duties, not merely a noblesse oblige, beyond formal equality. It is a nuanced consideration of extenuating circumstances, dependencies, vulnerabilities, etc. Thus, to paraphrase Aristotle: treating equals as equals and not unequals as equals, so that there is no obfuscation or pretence of an equal justice. Justice for all, appeasement of none, morphs unacknowledged into less justice for the less than equal, more appeasement for the more powerful. 

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