In music, the arbitrary arrangement of some sounds causes some specific results. In poetry, we can speak of assonant rhymes and consonant rhymes. In other words, in art we find more or less rigid structures that are used as means to achieve ends. These means are the result of the observation of an original matrix from which they have been extrapolated. The observation of this matrix and its subsequent understanding allows for the development of laws, and compliance with these laws makes it possible to achieve certain objectives. Creativity, so seen, is a form of obedience, not anarchy.
Once we are aware that there are certain laws that govern, or at least guide, art, we can understand opposing trends and, of course, different schools, but these differences, we would know, imply neither superiority nor inferiority. Now, not understanding these laws – by lack of instruction, by some physical defect, or by structural alienation – is what makes individual polarization possible first, then group polarization. Beyond the talent of certain great composers, there are also those didactics who can train everyone to listen to the sounds hidden in the songs. Those who train to extrapolate conceptions.
Ignorance of natural laws does not imply their non-existence; misunderstanding of cosmic mechanisms does not mean that they belong to fantasy. However, if we don’t know a law, or if we don’t understand a mechanism, we may be harmed in some process. Ignoring the basic rules of grammar can result in our writing illegible text, no matter how perfect the idea we want to express. Ignorance of the legal system of the country in which we live can lead to a whole series of penalties. So, only by knowing, by understanding the mechanics of our nature can we exercise what we are.
One of the ways we have to notice the extraordinary thing about human beings is by looking at their capacity to adapt to almost everything. However, this capacity to adapt often also implies a certain degree of laziness or numbness of certain attitudes. We’d rather be safe than better. We chose a truce, and we postponed peace indefinitely. If the surrounding conditions are so brutal that all we have left to do is to get safe, we might start to wonder how we got there, who benefits from it, or, as many people do, not to question anything: free will.
If we were to focus on getting to know our own’regulations’ better, rather than trying to assimilate all the noise it sells us, and try to impose the established order on us, we would undoubtedly achieve that important degree of calm from which the whole of reality would take on a different perspective. Of course, just as five thousand years ago, today the question still involves effort, as well as constancy, in the sense that forming healthy habits, including that of separating oneself from harmful people, can take some time and include some renunciations, but the fact of being gregarious does not mean grouping together without any objective, or do you think so?