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Believe it or not, I used to love drawing. I guess you can say I was a bit on the more artful side of things than the more logical and demanding side. Yes, I loved to draw. I did it more in classrooms around the 2nd grade than anything I had to do. I remember, even in kindergarten, I paid a little more attention to the details of drawing. But honestly, what kid isn’t?
Then, my mom took me to art school. Wasn’t so bad, except that it wasn’t by choice. I still hated that decision to this day. The thought of doing homework for it turned me off to art. Then I eventually went to piano school, swimming school, and even math camp. I just hated the process of extra curricular school, until I just got used to it. I became very task oriented.
It’s not until now I think about art and why it’s so important. I mean, think about back then during the older ages. Doing some form of art was considered normal and even high status. Why is doing art so important? Because it makes you express yourself. Like schooling, it trains the mind, but in other aspects. By just loving and doing art, you just created something. It forces you to examine the context of what you’re creating and put some actual articulate thought. And I’m not referring to art as just drawing. I also mean other arts as well, even writing.
Most important of all, art requires us to express our emotions. Understanding these things unveil a lot about people and their motives.
I never thought too much about emotions. I just thought they were just there and that’s that. But it’s much more than that, because it’s the foundation of our decision making. Yes, sometimes your decisions can be weighed through logical deduction. However, true instinct and the path of following your will ties in heavily on emotion.
Arthur Schopenhauer asserts, “Man can do what he wills, but he cannot will what he wills.” People may or may not have the aptitude to achieve what they want. However, they cannot decide what they want. There is an underlying instinctual and emotive preference that you have about everything in life. Just think, why is your favorite color your favorite color? This isn’t by reason. This can be applied to everything that you like or dislike broken down to its purest and simplest form.
Humans are emotions personified. Science is just a tool to help correct emotions to form logical reason. Art is a practice that helps us understand and express our only being, emotions, and will. Art combined with science/logic, what do you call that? Beauty. If you don’t believe me, I have proof. Even Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’s whole story revolves around this idea.
By not going too deep into the story, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are the same person. Dr Jekyll represented everything about societal morality (or “mores” —more-aye— for short). He had to act to a certain way to be accepted in society. But, there was a sense of guilt when doing things that pleasures him that society taboos. As a result, he transformed himself to a being that frees him from feeling the guilt. It results to Mr Hyde. He’s a being that doesn’t feel guilt and fully embodies the natural, instinctual, and animalistic side of the spectrum. On one hand, you have reason in Dr Jekyll. On the other hand, you have the violent, instinctual side. They named it the duality of good and evil, respectively.
Even Bruce Lee, known for his martial arts and philosophy, saw this link. He contrasted as being either too mechanical or too wild in going about life. He wanted the balance of the two to achieve something beautiful.
This is what I think about art & science. What do you think?
I’ve realized a bad habit of mine recently. And by recently I mean it took probably months to realize. I’ve lost sight of one of my past values: to finish what you started. I’ve become more of a starter of something, lose interest, and not to see it through. This will have negative effects over the course of my life and one way where I can help change that is to write. I should just write, no matter what it is, so that is what I’ll do.
It’ll get me in the habit of consistency, even when I have nothing really worth anything to write about, or not feeling motivated, or even hate it at the moment. This should train my habits to do something regardless if I feel like doing it or not, and to just suck it up. It may result in inspiration by going through all the un-inspiration :p1 note
JFK’s advice is still as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in." — Greek proverb