Monday, 12 September 2016

Common Experiences of the Arts and Sciences

Persons without the desire to think particularly deeply are often described as common, at least if they have not grown up in a social, cultural and educational environment of extraordinary privilege.

But what do you call someone whose life has been one of privilege and opportunity yet all indications suggest that the person has a shallow mind and nothing more than a superficial awareness of significant matters?

Rising above commonality is possible with suitable guidance, as long as the innate ability to do so is present.  It costs little in the way of money.  It does require time and commitment and possibly long-term devotion and dedication.

Universities and private colleges often attempt to attract students on the basis of prestige.  Academic qualifications are themselves a form of prestige.  The promotion of particular ideas about success will also often reflect ideas about prestige.

Yet acquiring an appreciation of the harmonious interplay of beauty, understanding and magnificence is a right, not a privilege.  That appreciation can be gained, at least initially, through common experiences of the arts and sciences.

Someone with an early life of privilege may not necessarily have the ability to match the resources supplied for their personal and intellectual development. Yet when the ability is present and appreciation is absent, then either the person has been bullied or otherwise abused or there is something else the matter.

There are many persons with privileged lives who attempt to behave as they believe common people behave.  Yet common people do not have the resources to live lives of privilege.  They do not have the choice.

Common experiences include watching television broadcast, listening to a radio station, looking at a newspaper but not necessarily reading much more than the headlines, and otherwise being direct or indirect spectators at large-scale, heavily promoted events.

Mass culture is the gateway through which most people experience the arts and sciences beyond formal schooling.  Most people do not want to devote their attentions, and much of their lives, to a narrowly specialist interest and an academic discipline they may soon no longer find interesting.

Most people have a broad range of ever-changing interests.   It is common to become a fan or enthusiast or hobbyist, but obsessions are often considered to be unhealthy.  Is specialist training itself unhealthy if it narrows and diminishes the experience of life and prevents opportunities for living more fully?

Perhaps the persons with privileged backgrounds, who rebel against conformity to the expectations of them, are fighting for their own freedom by seeking the comfort of the crowd.  It is easy to hide in a crowd.

But there are also many ways to rise above the crowd and live more deeply and enjoyably.  Feeling accomplished can occur in many ways.  A sense of achievement should, ideally, be entirely personal.

A currently common way to find a sense of achievement is by exploring possibilities through free, online tutorials.  Here, in the natural common room, the harmonious interplay of beauty, understanding and magnificence intertwines the natural and the cultural aspects of existence in many ways.

Have you come to Villa Twaklinilkawt to attend any free tutorials today?

Update:  December 2016

The following links are for registered patrons only.

Advice on finding your true vocation

Participate in a tutorial in your own mind

Join a scientific expedition into your own imagination

Lift your mind to a much higher level of consciousness

Gain the skills with which to build your own ethereal arts laboratory

Develop a deeper appreciation of the high arts

Reflect upon the themes within art

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