I am Writing This Not as an Expert on Graffiti or Law by Charlene Charls

Hedonism: art vs. legality/

Personally I do not understand graffiti, I do not claim to. The act of graffiti, to me, is an act of hedonism. Hedonism is defined as the pursuit of pleasure and the ethical theory that pleasure is the highest good and proper aim of human life.

If graffiti is one’s pursuit of happiness, is it wrong?

If it is, than we are all living incorrectly. Sometimes the pursuit of happiness forgets that there are dominating societal norms.

This hedonism is not one sided, the media feel comfortable printing articles that are incorrect or bias for their own pleasure: the pleasure of personal gain through the sales of their newspapers. What happened this past weekend was actually legal, it was approved; what right minded human would do such a thing on a weekend morning, and what right do the papers have to evolve and mould a story to suit them.

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said “What is good? Everything that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself.

What is bad? Everything that is born of weakness.

What is happiness? The feeling that power increases — that a resistance is overcome”

This need for power, power over the law (graffiti artists), the power of the law (SAPS) and the power of trusted words (media) is the reason this situation is such a mess.

I do not believe any party is right in this situation but once these artists were doing something legal, and they are in deep shit. How is this fair or just?

Moreover, there is a big problem when our justice system goes out of it’s way to stop art and remembrance from taking place. I think this is what makes my heart drop the most about this situation, art wasn’t allowed to take place because of the manipulation of what i consider the man.

It is a sad time for Durban; friends are facing serious charges and freedom is being squashed.



Posted on August 15, 2011, in Charlene Charls. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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