The world as we know it, appears to be in a state of decline. This is precisely when culture becomes important.
In times such as these, we must preserve the things which maintain a civilized society. Culture is the glue which holds our society together.
Looking for the similarities rather than the differences is a means to reach a common end. Without judgment we integrate, become equal regardless of background. A social structure that does not support culture and artistic integrity instead breeds adversity and alienation. Difficulties exist in pursuing artistic integrity in a climate of unrest, an environment is not conducive to creativity.
Your own value system, what you believe, is the framework you choose to live by. Knowing where you want to go does not necessarily light the path. Maintaining integrity in your work can sometimes mean making sacrifices. To develop credibility as an artist, you will need syncretic unification of your art, heart and soul.