one of things i remember from reading matthew fox's original blessing many years back was a connection he made between art and prophecy. he pointed out that art is clearly powerful and can be tied up with prophecy because totalitarian regimes tend to silence artists.
hyde makes a similar connection. he says that we think of genocide as the physical destruction of a group. but it could easily be applied to the destruction of the genus of a group by the destruction, or silencing of its art which kils its creative spirit.
in the comments on previous posts there's been some debate on the point or use of art. so i thought it worth throwing that thought into the mix...
that's me done for now on the gift. i thoroughly recommend it. i end with a quote i love from angelou that hyde quotes:
we survive in exact relationship to the dedication of our poets