Posted on September 4, 2018
After read Zinn’s Artists in Times of War, I agreed with the idea that being professional limits human beings to working within the confines set by their profession. Nowadays, everyone is categorized into different groups by one’s profession and we are not feeling strange or uncomfortable with being sorted into categories. For example, people reckon that musicians are not supposed to be interested in math or politics because of their professions. What they should do is supposed to be only dealing with music, notes and instruments and we wouldn’t pay much attention on artists’ thoughts toward things other than art. We wouldn’t even let them express their ideas in the public about some stuff that’s outside the “boundary”, in which I mean “views that are not related to their professions. We are used to follow the rules and trends and we always believe what we read on the news or listen in the radio. Therefore, we subconsciously refuse to step out of zones set by ourselves to involve in events that are not related to our professions. As Zinn says, artists’ jobs are not only to deal with pigments or papers, but “to transcend conventional wisdom, to transcend the orthodoxy, to transcend the word of establishment, and to go beyond and escape what is handed down by the government or what is said in the media.” We all need to participate in all kinds of events which can make ourselves better and will make our country better.