One Man’s Art is Another Man’s Graffiti: What is Ethical vs What is Immoral?
Unfortunately, what is deemed ethical or not ethical is something like what is considered art or simply graffiti. It all depends. It all depends from which perspective you are looking at the issue. It all depends on how you define or characterize the elements of art or the ethical issue that you are considering. It all depends on the nuances that can be introduced into the decision and which may be important in the final decision. It all depends on whether you are looking at the paint through the eyes of an art aficionado or looking at the ethical question through the eyes of a religious follower. Graffiti can be defended as “street art” and what appears as immoral or unethical can be defended as “controversially ethical”.
For those of us who would like to obtain a simple answer to what is art or what is ethical, well.. we can’t. Since, in the final analysis.. “it all depends…”
Or.. are there some of my visitors who find my conclusion an unnecessary misrepresentation and find that both art and ethics have clear guidelines with regard to establishing their presence and worth? If so, tell me about your ideas. ..Maurice.
Graphic: Recent photographs, I took, of a sequence of paintings on a local flood control channel wall, 2011.