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Issue: "No pray zone?," July 13, 2013

What do these films suggest about our country today? The Civil War is an example of a breakdown in communication and a gradual dehumanization process where you stop looking at your neighbor like a full human being made in the image of God. You start to whittle him down until he is less than that because he’s from the other political point of view, the other faith, the other whatever. When we start not seeing people in their full humanity, what sometimes follows is pretty bad behavior. 

Is that the message you’re trying to send? The calling of the artist is to try to tell the truth and not to be a voice of propaganda for anybody in any institution, political or otherwise. Look, I’ve certainly felt the pressure to go along and get along in the easiest sense of the word. If you want easy accolades and what I call cheap acceptance, I know what buttons to push, the right phrases to say, the expected attitude to pose. But that’s a waste of time. We just have one life on this earth. We have a certain span of years, which is unknowable to any of us, and I’m about to waste one minute of it playing a sordid game for my own little advancement? That is such a pathetic idea to me. 

Pathetic, but common? We’re free men and women here in this country. We have freedom that’s been paid for dearly by our ancestors, and why would I squander one minute of it? Part of being a free person is being able to express yourself freely. I don’t say things to antagonize or to provoke. I respect all people’s opinions, but I’m certainly going to be myself.

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Warren Cole Smith
Warren Cole Smith

Warren, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., is vice president of WORLD News Group and the host of the radio program Listening In. Follow Warren on Twitter @WarrenColeSmith.

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