A friend (who happens to be an accomplished artist) posted this on Facebook. Having been a writer and photographer all my adult life, i can attest to the fact that Vonnegut is spot on. The act of creating is powerful. Creating art does far more than make life bearable. It provides a joy that is soul deep.
I do not know if we can can racism and hatred through music. I certainly wish it could. But I do know, however, that we can never hope to end violence through more violence.
Lighting up the darkness will not happen through violence and force. Only love can bring light out of darkness. Love has the power to forgive, and until there is forgiveness they will never be an end to the hatred that breeds violence.