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.