Good literature, inspiring art, and things that bring into focus the Dream of God are essential to those who are floundering in the land of exile. Floundering, and so often living unaware of the state we are in. We are either caught up in the things of God or we are caught up in the things of this world.
From the book Religious Nuts, Political Fanatics
Speaking of Israel's brilliant literature that came forth during the Babylonian exile period.
"It was directly political in nature, designed to shape the actions of the oppressed by capturing their imaginations and offering a transforming vision of God's future. Walsh concurs with their explaination. Referring to the idolatrous modern worldview he states that
this is the world that captivates the imagination of our society....We live in Babylon. Babylonian definitions of reality, Baylonian patterns of life, Babylonian views of labour, Babylonian economic structures dominate our waking, and our sleeping. And, like the exiled Jews, we find it very tempting to think that all this is normal. This is the way life basically should be.
Our imagination is the prize for competing empires: Babylon verses the Kingdom of God."