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That's where the malice comes in: deliberate ignoring of the   contradiction   of the modern   story   while using the story as a driving force    for the art form   is   malicious- it   distorts the purpose of   art, makes it the servant of evil. And a very powerful   servant I should say.

Now we can return   to Juilliard and ask the question, "How Could They Do It?' How do they teach those future artists in that school; do they tell them   about   the great responsibility any person entering art takes upon himself/herself?   Do they challenge   them   to decide when and how can   they   use   their ability- the ability to influence people, the most powerful   weapon of all?   Do they give them examples? Do   they mold the characters of those people   who come out and perform and then ( again, by   Russian poet Alexander Block):

-           We see the great fire of life though the small   flames of art"

The whole purpose of art is to   make us   understand   that we are   in that   great fire and   that malice is the arsonist.   When malice pretends to   be a part of the picture, when   a great talent is used    in wrong hands and   for the wrong reasons- the result is   more fire, not less. In the old times there were people, for instance who were professional executioners and torturers.   Even in those tough times   people   tolerated them and even paid them but   they were overwhelmingly despised and no one, not even in the carnival performance   presented them as agents of goodness.   They were the agents of fear.   Fear is   not an art form. Fear   is a real thing.   Art does not serve it. Zero Dark Thirty thus is not an art. It is an imitation.   It would be good if someone in Juilliard   takes a note.

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