When celebrating western civilization the subject of art cannot be over looked.  No, not the ejectus celebrated as art today but art that actually moves you and makes you think.  Art based on beauty not mere emotional outburst.  Consider these; the first… Mary Consoles Eve:

 

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And the second… perhaps my favorite painting of the Holy Family… Gari Melchers’ Nativity Painting:

 

I can go on and on about this painting… but I leave your reaction to you. And… If these images do not stir something in you, then I am moved to wonder if you have a soul at all.