Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Art should be a vehicle for healing society

THE last two weeks have forced a few questions to be asked about the moral direction of society.

First, we had the creators of Grand Theft Auto V defending their game over its violence.

Then, last week, we see a cat being shot in the first episode of Love/Hate.

The writers of Love/Hate appeared to wonder how people could see victims of violence in every episode, yet rise up in anger against the death of a single cat.

I think the answer is clear. We are losing empathy for each other.

Perhaps art should help to mend society – not add to its ills.

DARREN WILLIAMS

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