Looking at art in an uneasy world ...
With tragedy upon tragedy, the world's inhabitants are finding life itself
even more precious, and the environment considerably more fragile than we
imagined. Yet our planet spins on, it seems, without a care in the universe.
Questions for us individually appear to be matters for choice: we, in
the words of a proverb, either sink or swim. Those that cultivate a strong
affinity with the arts strike me as possessors of a 'faith' that cuts deep
and smothers triviality. Art in all its manifestations is the imaginative
aspect of living, and needs to motivate a resolve to continuously build
and strengthen its influence everywhere.
In music there is plainly a choice of involvement: some sing, some play,
whilst others sit and listen. It is a moot point whether players or listeners
reap the greater satisfaction. Whilst some undoubtedly take the view that
performers with direct musical involvement receive a greater benefit, all
of us listen and draw from this according to the sum total of our experience.
When crises, which usually erupt from the greed of others, threaten our
existence, there stands beside faith the whole gamut of artistic illumination
that has enriched Man down the centuries. Anything material can be destroyed,
but thought is retentive and has accumulated throughout Time.
Copyright © 15 November 2001 Basil
Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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