It's interesting they call it the "liberal arts". I find I'm a bit of an anomaly in the art world. There are two things that typically turn people in to bleeding-heart liberals - the arts and institutes of higher education.
Having worked in both education and the arts, I have some theories as to why that is. For the arts, I believe a lot of artists think they are alone and nobody understands them. They don't want to be 'judged' for their work.
While you can't negate someone's feelings, let's face the facts - feelings are not always based in reality. (If they were, there wouldn't be much of a need for people in the mental health industry.)
There's also a degree of compassion among artists. Misdirected, that compassion can lead to becoming enablers. (I think that's why so many artists surround themselves with dysfunction people like addicts.)
Again, I think I'm a bit of an anomaly. I'm conservative in my moral views. And, while I consider myself compassionate, I don't like to enable people with addictions or character flaws.
In the world of higher education, I've noticed a degree of arrogance that accompanies those involved in the professorial realm. Arrogance often leads to rationalization of one's moral flaws. Again, I was a bit of an anomaly when I taught college.
I have moral flaws. They are things I'm working on correcting. As a Book of Mormon prophet, Nephi, wrote, "O, wretched man that I am." It would have been easy to say, "This is the way I am. I was born this way," than try to correct those flaws he saw in himself. But, again, Nephi too was an anomaly who had to constantly deal with two liberal brothers. I often feel like Nephi, "O, wretched man that I am."
Part of why I feel like I'm an anomaly is I don't try to make excuses for my fellow artists who, for lack of a better description, are social deviates. In fact, there's a website for artists that uses that word to identify it's community. When I stumble upon some of their art, I just say to myself, "That's morally wrong."
I'm sure those artists probably say, "You don't understand me."
Perhaps I don't.
Does that matter?
I understand the result. That matters, and what matters more is I don't let it change who I am.