For the sake of art
For me, the word “abstract” defines art. Because it offers different interpretations depending on how the observer sees the subject.
Art is such intricate to value because it is subject to personal taste and preferences with delicate and ambiguous boundaries. Thus, is safe to assume one couldn’t see art merely at their face value or literal meanings and need more profound understanding look at the intangible qualities.
There are many platforms of arts, it could be expressed as paintings, sketches, drawings, or perhaps just rolling around as a human brush in a body covered with paint on a street could as well defined as art.
Consequently, it could be melodies to our ear achieved with songs or sounds from any instruments. Hand sculptures, chiselled objects, body flexibility in forms of dancing. Heck, even Kama-sutra has also considered as art itself.
It is mainly any human creations or objects that pleasing either one or more of our human senses. In that case, Let’s touch on literature art.
The art of words
Poems, poetries, sonnets etc. has been mesmerising people with cleverness, rich, broad contexts wordings since the early days of human on earth with cave paintings. People seldom express themselves through their writings. Even (Marquis) De Sade scripts could be a form of art for those enjoying it.
I’m not gonna delve into history much, or this post will never see the end of it. However, the problematical issue could arise if the writing touches delicate subjects, such as; religion, race, creed, colours, politics, ex-girlfriends, friends debt, Awkarin IG posts, Bulbasaur and so on.
As one case happened recently on the news cycle. A figure from a well-known political family wrote and read a poem that stirs controversy. I’m not going to post the poem here, not that stupid. Huh. That is what Google is for.
Search it and read it whole first before moving further. Become a smart reader and approach it objectively. Try not to scream and cast hatred as oppose trying understanding what it is all about.
As I previously wrote; the art itself is always abstract. It is different how it perceived by an observer.
Please try and see this case and the context as a whole. Don’t just grabbing anything blunt with sudden anger and waging a holy war because it concerns a religious belief, only by after reading the first two-three verses.
Chillax and read earnestly to understand what is it that the poem was going to tell us as a form of written art. Please aside for a while all dogma and stigmatism and no hurt will come out of it.
I’m not going to discuss nor debate the poem per se.
Nope, the poem is beautifully scripted words professing deep-felt loves to one nation where we all born and raised. A proud country filled with rich histories, home of many cultures, different tribes and many beliefs yet stand as one caring figure. A mother.
A symbol of a loving, wisdom and tranquillity that could be threatened by a group of extremist and fascist. Who could destroy the peaceful unity and our nation’s pride? In addition, we know as a fact (not made this up), all religion came imported in some ways. Mix acculturations further enrich our cultural identity.
See it from a different perspective looking inside the box. Not stuck focusing nor offended by the content one by one. It is similar like watching a Schrodinger cat. We just couldn’t know for sure.
To quote Ricky Gervais, when defending his jokes against haters on tweeters in his stand-up special on Netflix titled “Humanity“, he explained:
“.. I try and explain to someone every day what freedom of speech means, particularly in the context of comedy and a joke.”
He said further:
“A joke about a bad thing isn’t as bad as the bad thing, or necessarily condoning the bad thing, it could be anti of the bad thing it depends on the actual joke.”
Just replace “joke” apply with “poem.”
Anyways, the poem created an uproar and waves of protests from many elements of society and split public opinion. Soon after, the writer apologising on national television if her poem offended a specific religion. Which I’m sure it was not what she intended at all when writing the poetry.
Sure enough, apologising on national tv felt wasn’t enough. Few elements of religious groups taking matters into their hand, They flooded the main streets in a “peaceful protest” headed to the national police headquarters, demanded the police to apprehend the writer immediately and subject it into law proceeding.
It’s a classic tale-sign of oppression and arrogance by the majority group. A show of force softly saying, “please don’t try to offend us in any way or else..”
Somehow, keen on proving it further. One of the spokesmen interviewed on TV. It was shocking to hear him, not verbatim saying something similar like this;
“That he will not accept any apologies for the wrongdoing and demanded to still proceed with the law.”
“And she ( the writer ) must be put in jail. Further noted that it will act as a warning punishment (for everyone who dares to offend?) in the future so it will not happen again.”
What happens to innocent until proven guilty and a fair trial? Why must she be put in jail as if she was guilty as charged? Who dies and make you king, O’ holy highness?
Well, I could say this for sure, it will happen again. You could not live in a culturally diverse society if you just could not accept that someone having a different opinion. Move to the jungle. There you could torment the giraffes as you please.
I heard recent news regarding a similar situation. It happened to one of a political candidate on the campaign trail. Anyways, He also read a poem on stage. And one of another religious organisation predictably dropping pressed charges like it was a hot Martabak.
However, the phrase “understand first before talking” shocked the religious group. The candidate wasn’t the author of the poem he allegedly insults religion. It was actually a well respectable name from the past religious community figure. So they’re the one who apologising now. Ouch. Talks about poetic justice..
This so-called writing which was very cautiously written. Is a sincere hope for our society to avoid another incident regarding conviction based on insulting religion. Fresh in our mind that there already one victim from this. Convicted a crime of insulting a religion. Let that be our past learning for not always seek punishment and or retributions to whoever based on religion.
You could agree with me, nor disagreeing or at an impasse; agreed to disagree while trying respecting each opinion.
At the end of the day, it seems trivial. Because we are still a family, brothers and sisters of this nation that we share and loves together since birth.
I’m tempted to slip on a video clip of “Kemesraan” (Harmony) by Iwan Fals. But after talking about love, I guess I have to be “now” / “current.” So here are inspiring speech and a video by Logic titled 1-800 featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid at the MTV Video Music award 2017.”
Logic words at MTV VMA award 2017
“I just want to take a moment to thank you for giving me a platform to talk about something that mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about: mental health, anxiety, suicide, depression and so much more than I talk about on this album,” he said. “From racism, discrimination, sexism, domestic violence, sexual assault, and so much more; I don’t give a damn if you are black, white, or any colour in between. I don’t care if you’re Christian, you’re Muslim, you’re gay, you’re straight, I am here to fight for your equality because I believe that we are all born equal, but we are not treated equally and that is why we must fight. We must fight for the equality of every man, woman, and child regardless of race, religion, colour, creed, and sexual orientation. So I say here and now if you believe in this message of peace, love, positivity, and equality for all, then I demand that you rise to your feet and applaud not only for yourselves but for the foundation we are laying for our children.”
.. is it wrong for wanting peace, to all?