Do you agree or disagree: the government should not provide artists (musician，film-maker) with any financial support?
Created by famous artists and musicians, those fantastic paintings and songs pass the glorious history and splendid human civilization in its own characterized way With the rapid development of modern society, people are requiring for a more exalted spiritual world and therefore lots of them believe that governments should give financial support to artists and musicians, hoping this will motivate them to come up with new ideas and work. However, as far as I am concerned, governments had better not provide this support.
To begin with, artists and musicians may naturally begin to depend on the finance from the government which discourages them from producing good works. As the Chinese saying goes “when humans are born, they tend to be inert”. Such is human nature, when painters and composers feel at ease and do not have to worry about their livelihood, they will automatically stop working as hard as they can. As a result, it is impossible for them to create drawings and musical compositions which can be honored as wonders of human society. On the contrary, fantastic works always come from adversities. For instance, the most outstanding music of Beethoven comes from the time period when he became almost completely deaf. It was his poor health and strapped living conditions that inspired him to fight against the miserable reality and determine his own destiny. During this time period, he composed and the , both of which are appraised to be among the most important pieces in the music history. Doing art itself is a miserable process, only with strong wills and unyielding backbones can those people create miracles that will be passed down to the next generations. Removing the resistance by giving them financial support will do nothing less than destroying the art and music.
Further more, when artists and musicians are given financial support, they will be controlled by the government’s will and intentions and therefore constrains their mind and prevents them from showing the social reality to the general public. Since the money supply comes from the government, states will become the ruler of mind which enables them to shape facts as they want, distort truths as they prefer. This phenomenon does great harm not only to art and music, but also to the whole human civilization. The idea can be illustrated by the example of America and China. In China, the government provides all the necessary financial support to artists and musicians and as a result, people can never see composers or painters giving works that criticize the wrong governmental policies and the conflict between social hierarchies. In the US, however, artists is independent from the control of local governments and therefore it is common to see caricatures arguing against government decisions. Since the democracy and moral values require people to have critical thinking about everything they meet in their daily life, giving financial support to artists and musicians is depriving people of this fundamental franchise.
To sum up, considering the inert human nature and potential control of mind from the governments, it is always encouraged that artists and musicians live independent life and make more contribution to the human society.