Iran’s supreme leader has an improving message for western musicmain
The following messages appeared this morning on Ayatollah Khamenei’s twitter feed.
Like all celebrity tweets, they were almost certainly not by the man himself. Nor do they constitute a particularly profound contribution on his part to World Music Day.
But they do reflect a fundamentalist mindset that is worth understanding.
Here are the tweets:
You know that I’m anti-western, yet by reasoning I confirm the positive qualities of West; one of which is issue of #music.
It’s true that in West there’s decadent #music for dancing & debauchery,but instructive &meaningful music also have long existed there.
Apart from decadent #music,there’re some types of music in West that a wise transcendental person can enjoy it in concerts.
In West,there’s no shortage of #music that saved a nation or led intellectual groups 2the right path;West had ¤tly has such qualities.
Instead of using #music in course of moral decadence,direct it towards noble goals; if so,music can be called holy.
What the Ayatollah seems to want is more Beethoven and Verdi, less Bieber and Lady Gaga. Nothing wrong with that.