Worth Reconsidering

Posted by Melvin Bray on July 18th, 2008 filed in Useful Perhaps

To presume is human, to reconsider sublime. At least that’s what I’m beginning to believe as a father of three. Fatherhood asks one to do a great deal with often incomplete, misleading, and sometimes outright false information — from arbitrating disputes to meting out appropriate consequences to picking cereal. I am loathe to admit the number of times I’ve rushed to judgment or totally misunderstood something as a dad. Sometimes the only thing that spares me from acting on dubious presumptions are a loving pair of deep mahogany eyes staring up at me, begging me to reconsider.

Art functions in a quite similar fashion. It asks us to reconsider our biases, our preferences, our intuitions, our world. That’s what Barry Blitt was doing when he inked the cartoon, “Politics of Fear,” which made the front cover of The New Yorker this month. And, yes, I join the ranks of Clarence Page and Jon Stewart believing that Blitt did a pretty good job.

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