In the arts, it’s the quality of the experience that’s important. A symphony may last for only 15 minutes, a play for three hours. We may view a Picasso or Rembrandt for only a few minutes. We don’t evaluate by length (“For $400, I’d expect at least a six-hour performance”) or by duration of effort (“I wouldn’t pay $50,000 for this painting unless the artist spent at least four months creating it”). Nor do we look for some cosmic point to be made. We simply enjoy the experience, we relish the opportunity to interpret and participate.
The same dynamic applies to issues in our daily life. We’re obsessed with “finding answers” and “justifying our time” and asking “What does it mean?” We seem to be trying to eternally reconfigure the Rubik’s Cube of existence into a patterned, understandable arrangement. But life will always resist such attempts at orderliness.
Perhaps we should be asking ourselves different questions, not “What is the answer?” or “What should we do?” Perhaps we should be asking, “Is this an issue with meaning, worth thinking about and discussing?” instead of merely labeling it and filing it in the assigned mental drawer.
I think that’s what Vivaldi, Michelangelo, and Shakespeare did. And we’re still enjoying them.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. —Leonardo da Vinci
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