Civilization is the separation of object and subject, and therefore the disassociation of empathy.
Humans are innately feeling and empathic, but language is the irrigation of the psyche, endlessly branching and compartmentalizing our nature.
Language is our first technology. Civilization is a state of perpetual disassociation from nature and our natures—which is cruelty.
Any means of art, poetry, and music is to suspend that cruelty and reconnect with empathy.