The art of understanding

ART never was an elitist obscurity found only in concert halls, galleries and theatres.

It exists, in its most positive form, in the writing of a letter, rather than dashing off an email, to a loved one, in the making of a table, in conversing and making friendships, playing the clown, making love and giving birth

Writer Umberto Eco said we have a need to justify our lives to ourselves and to other people. But we often choose ways that are not authentic. Not part of God’s great artwork.

“Money can do a lot of things – but it cannot help reconcile you to your own death,’’ he wrote .

“It can sometimes help you postpone your own death: a man who can spend a million pounds on personal physicians will usually live longer than someone who cannot. But he can’t make himself live much longer than the average life-span of affluent people in the developed world.

“And if you believe in money alone, then sooner or later, you discover money’s great limitation: it is unable to justify the fact that you are a mortal animal.”


7 thoughts on “The art of understanding

  1. I still can’t figure out what “believe IN” means.
    ‘believe IN money’
    ‘believe IN god’
    It makes no sense, and ~as I see it ~ is an unintelligent misuse of the language. Its major benefit seems to be to serve as a catchcry that makes thought unnecessary.


      • That’s a radical comment for these pages, Dom; it makes sense! 😉
        ….and puts the onus for thinking back on he who ‘relies’.
        ie. One needs reasons in order to ‘rely’, but not to ‘believe’.


      • What about ‘trust in’? You don’t always need reasons to trust in someone – it’s more of a feeling.


      • ??? ‘Trust IN’ someone’ .
        Doesn’t seem to have any real application to me, Strewth; I’m having trouble using it in a sensible sentence.

        Y’might ‘trust someone’s’ actions or good sense’ (both terms depending on reason); or trust your “feelings” ~ or even ‘trust a gut instinct’ ~
        but ‘trust IN’??
        I’m not trying to split hairs, but just can’t find a comfortable use for ‘trust IN’.


  2. authenticity…
    If you think dealing with issues like worthiness and authenticity and vulnerability are not worthwhile because there are more pressing issues, like the bottom line or attendance or standardized test scores, you are sadly, sadly mistaken. It underpins everything.
    from: Brene Brown
    Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love.


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