A Journal for Western Man




False Artistry

G. Stolyarov II

Issue VI- September 30, 2002


The second-hander panders to the masses;
Every belief and whim of the amorphous crowd
Through sieves of mindless mind as scripture passes,
And no divergence from the paradigm’s allowed.

His labors transient, with fashion’s current shifting,
He’s quick to relegate them to the grave
When unto other superstitions favor’s drifting
And new elites comprise the dominant enclave.

His tastes simplistic, worn clichés abounding,
His only sentiment a deferential rage,
His only wit like infants’ prattle sounding,
He locks himself in the conformist cage.

He thinks that gold within his vaults will pile,
That people will his “normalcy” admire,
That any hint of history in style
Will lose for his works popular desire.

But what men know already's not their limit,
And they pay artists to expand their scope,
Whereas the panderer does merely trim it,
Robbing the thinker of amelioration’s hope.

Sole men have always been ideas’ bearers.
Collective minds, committee thoughts do not exist.
Tribal perceptions are among the greatest errors
Of men who absolute, objective truth had missed.

Thinker fuels thinker in advancement’s quest,
But each mind seeks reality to tame,
Rejecting what delusions fail the test,
And caring not if crowds uphold the same.

But panderers aren’t ultimately dollars seeking.
To them conformity's the means… and end.
The tribal urge aesthetic merit’s wreaking,
Inciting masses lower to descend.

Only the independent, adamant explorer
Of bold, precise, undaunted flair
Can undermine submission’s humbling horror.
Only his plight can second-handers' faults repair.

G. Stolyarov II is a science fiction novelist, independent filosofical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, contributor to Enter Stage Right, Le Quebecois Libre, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Senior Writer for The Liberal Institute, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. His newest science fiction novel is Eden against the Colossus. His latest non-fiction treatise is A Rational Cosmology. Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at gennadystolyarovii@yahoo.com.

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Read Mr. Stolyarov's new comprehensive treatise, A Rational Cosmology, explicating such terms as the universe, matter, space, time, sound, light, life, consciousness, and volition, at http://www.geocities.com/rational_argumentator/rc.html.