Where does ‘reckless creative freedom’ end and the responsibility to change society start?

I’ve been thinking about the notion of Artistic responses to Big Stuff, and the notion of the responsibility -or otherwise – of artists to be the nerve endings of a society. Which in turn got me thinking about Paul Robeson, which lead me to this quote:

“He [Paul Robeson] realized that the artist had the power, and the responsibility, to change the society in which he lived. He learned that art and culture are weapons in a people’s struggle to exist with dignity, and in peace.”

http://www.nbufront.org/MastersMuseums/JHClarke/Contemporaries/PaulRobeson.html

Do you feel that? Do you have artists who have played that role in your life? Where does ‘reckless creative freedom’ end and the responsibility to change society start, or is the social responsibility to be recklessly creatively free and allow that to change things?

your thoughts are most welcome…

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