Overcoming the age issue. It is very true that the surety of knowledge becomes deceptive. When we are younger, it is easier to be adamant. With age we vacillate. The enormous amount of information that we are exposed to, does overwhelm the unique perception of consciousness.
The very words we rely on “truth and lies” have elastic borders to the vagaries of a particular point of view. Most differences come from our very real fears of being less than others. Whether it is based on color of skin, or sexual preference, or nationality or aging, we all have antennas that want to simplify the reality. The popular culture requires that we identify with those that have become famous. History gave this power to those who ruled. So then it becomes, why did the mythological characters of every age change their components of hero worship?
What do Zeus and Hera and OJ and Othello have in common? Is Andy Warhol’s art as important as his statement of “we all want our 15 minutes of fame”?
When we make an argument we rely on the popular fashion of a point in time. In Venice in the Renaissance one-fifth of the population were courtesans. Admitting or admiring such a thing today would require a lawsuit. The worlds oldest profession is rarely considered a desirable occupation. But, have we all not felt our power diminished in some way that resembles the sexual dominance of another? “Bastard” has usually carried a larger discrimination than that of a different race. We all try and resolve our inner conflicts by projecting the chaos of them on to a singular perhaps limited point of view.
Religion has also had moments of acceptance that varies through the ages. The differences between the Vikings and the Romans became about the style of faith imposed by Constantine. The Spain of the Visigoths accepted the Muslims. The Inquisition changed all that.
And today Art is the new religion.