I'm an Illustrator and designer with a passion for story. Plato talked about this idea of transcendentals. Values that continue to speak to the human soul across time, culture, and gender alike. Things like love, goodness, truth, beauty, justice and mercy. Robert Mckee talks about how transcendentals are best expressed through story. However Plato warned that story has the power to change minds and hearts within the seductive power of art rather than through reason.
Plato concluded that story was too dangerous as a result and even tried to outlaw storytellers from Athens. Because of this Robert Mckee says that artists - storytellers in particular - have a tremendous social responsibility to always tell the truth with their craft. Lest you twist the heart or your audience into something foul.
C.S. Lewis said that our audience however has these 'Watchful Dragons' that sniff out transcendentals and devour them leaving us with unbelief. If done poorly transcendentals risk looking too obvious. The audience will roll their eyes or moan if they can spot them too quickly. So as artists we must sneak past these watchful dragons to move our audience.
We as artists have a tremendous social responsibility to speak the truth with boldness or trembling knees. I feel called to sneak the values of goodness, truth and beauty past watchful dragons. For art is not merely a profession but a calling.