Fiat Lux

July 25, 2004 | 2 comments
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I rode the train into Portland that went slowly down into a tunnel. The builders had lightened the gloom enough that one could pick out the carvings in the red stone walls. Here was cut an evolutionary timeline, here a mammoth, and here a Neanderthal skull. Here also a Lamanite creation myth, not without poetry (“the earth was once as one person, big in the womb”). We then picked up speed again. The bright and dazzling light at the tunnel mouth grew in size rapidly. I saw the walls blank now, where different builders would have carved LET THERE BE LIGHT.

In my mind I would have added, that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

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2 Responses to Fiat Lux

  1. Jack on July 26, 2004 at 4:18 pm

    Adam, railroading and art are my two favorite golden idols!

    My heart sinks a little when I think that even if the artist(s) envolved had wanted to add such a finale to their creation, the powers that be would certainly have disapproved. It seems that art, in the U.S. at least, finds its highest expression in supporting the current cultural minority. Therefore, what we have are works that generate their own affirmation by nestling safely in the looming shadow of a cultural “big brother” rather than being an open expression of the artist’s true sensabilities. What makes my heart sink even further is the fact that LDS artists have bought into the this rubbish. Is it any wonder that we haven’t learned to tell our own story yet?

  2. Adam Greenwood on July 26, 2004 at 6:00 pm

    Amen to all that.

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