June 15, 2007

My Need For Another’s Artistic Expression

Posted in art, culture, philosophy, psychology at 1:55 pm by Jerry

The term “objective truth” is becoming ignored because many consider it unattainable or meaningless. When I’ve mentioned the absolute truth of “2+2=4,” I’ve had responses from people that imply it being meaningless because it doesn’t say anything about morality, and therefore, why bother with it?

But then, objective truth has mostly (if not, always) been discussed in the universal sense. What about an individual sense? Can an objective understanding be achieved of someone’s subjective world? I suppose, we can only ask ourselves this question.

Let me put the question this way – Do I truly know anything about what I’m thinking?

It’s a bizarre question, I know. But think about it. Can you say you DON’T know anything objectively about what you think about? I assume most people would say “No, for the most part, I know exactly what I’m thinking!” But then, we can’t prove it to anyone, can we?

I like proof. I like evidence to back up people’s claims (including my own). But I don’t know if I should require proof of one’s own individual objectivity. I think, if I’d require anything from another, it would be art. Bruce Lee made it clearer for me when he said in his book, Tao of Jeet Kune Do,

Art is the way to the absolute and to the essence of human life. The aim of art is not the one-sided promotion of spirit, soul and senses, but the opening of all human capacities – thought, feeling, will – to the life rhythm of the world nature. So will the voiceless voice be heard and the self be brought into harmony with it.

Artistic skill, therefore, does not mean artistic perfection. It remains rather a continuing medium or reflection of some step in psychic development, the perfection of which is not to be found in shape and form, but must radiate from the human soul.

It is the artistic process, therefore, that is reality and reality is truth. (p.10-11)

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