Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/10/04

The Destruction of Creativity

Persepolis all nations stair case. Notice the ...

Persepolis all nations stair case. Notice the people carrying Norouz gifts for the king (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

War destroys lives is all too evident. But, it also destroys creativity. Particularly, the past buildings, monuments, and their associated artwork are lost.

I wonder how much is damaged wherever a war has occurred.

When Alexander burned Persepolis it is said he later regretted doing that.

From http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/alexanderarticles/f/110612-Why-Did-Alexander-Burn-Persepolis.htm we read.

In May 330 B.C., a little over a month before Alexander the Great went after the escaped, last, Great King of the Achaemenid Persians (Darius III), he burned the king’s palaces at Persepolis for reasons we will never know for sure. Especially since Alexander later regretted it, scholars and others have puzzled over what motivated such vandalism. The reasons suggested generally boil down to intoxication, policy, or revenge (“perversity”) [Borza].

Civilization misses out on so much when the past is destroyed. Heritage gives a civilization a sense of being in as much as artists use painting to discover their creative place in time.

The world would be richer if war and strife would go away.

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