The arts are works created by people who want to evoke an aesthetically pleasing response. These responses are more likely to be in the form of emotions. When one creates a piece of art work, the aesthetics, meaning and beauty of it can be detracted by moral values. The arts however are more vulnerable to the implications of moral values than the natural sciences. Arts can be in many different forms, the most common are in paints, pencil, literature, songs, movies and plays. These examples are all affected by the moral values created by ethics. The ethics use moral reasoning to lower the intentions that the artist is trying to provoke into people. Moral reasoning can be the downfall of artwork and can destroy the meaning, even if it is positive or negative.
The terrorist attack on the World Trade Center was seen by almost everyone to be the most devastating terrorist attack in the United States. The attack sparked negative effects into every American Citizen at the time, with its destruction of the tower, the loss of lives, and the fear struck into people of terrorists. People feared the worst after the attack and cautioned themselves into believing that an attack this tragic can occur again. What most people do not think of, and certainly do not agree on is the idea of the attack on The World Trade Center being a work of art. Karlheinz Stockhausen was essentially a German music composer. He has written and produced more than 300 compositions of music in different genres, such as orchestra and opera. Stockhausen was one of the most influential, yet controversial composers of the 20th and 21st century, so he is very educated in the different arts. A few weeks after the attack on September 11, Stockhausen shocked the world to inform people that the attack on the World Trade Center was in fact, “the greatest work of art ever.” People all over the world immediately made Stockhausen a public enemy, thinking how can something so devastating and terrifying be considered a wonderful work of art. A journalist even confronted Stockhausen to ask if he had equated crime and art. This argument is important because it shows the ignorance of many people. Art does not have to be great and wonderful, it is to create essentially emotions, whether it is marvelous or not. The artistic implications of the attack are now limited by the moral values of people because they think it is a horrible and wrong event.
The arts however are not always subject to criticism when ethics are involved. Works of art are also sometimes include ethics. The ethics make the work thrive and deliberately create emotions using the different moral values. These values can make art even greater, and this can be seen commonly in movie films. Many directors and producers of films are limited by the implications of ethics on their films, but some use the ethics, to make the film more meaningful to watch and learn.
The movie ‘Blood Diamond’, directed by Edward...