The Birth of Art

The birth of art can help us a sense of ” what is in it for us as human?”. In caves in southern France, Spain or Morocco, early humans who lived about 60,000 -10,000 years ago left scars on the walls of the caves that to modern humans was very beautiful. Amazing. There are scratches, palms, paintings, and sculptures. The scratches suggest that they are sensitive to shape and color and purpose.

Art give us sense of meaning of life. It is also element of Ikigai in japanese culture.

Why did they make such a thing? There is a theory that they do such things because they want to draw the animal that usually they hunt, they feel they will be better able to conquer the animals.

They make the works, not for an exhibition like modern people. According to a theory, they are fascinated by the beauty of nature and then express it in the form of paintings.

How do we know? We know by searching for primitive people who are still alive today, and lifestyle like them. They are close to nature. Also by studying the reaction of children up to the age of ten years. Also in our hearts are still living feelings, ancient dreams.

The universe is amazing, thrilling and sometimes frightening. Then by naming, nature becomes no longer scary. For example, there is a strange sound, we do not know what it is. We are confused, afraid, and heart pounding. Once we identify, we become no longer afraid.

They identify the animals. After identification the animal, they are not confusing. They do not think that strange object is like a ghost. That is important art for us. The birth of art gives us understanding important of art for us.

Early humans knew and explored the world and its surroundings, then gave it a name, drawing it so that it was understood, and there was another terrifying element of the world. In ancient times, new humans used sounds and sounds. They use oral language. Writing language came later.

The next question about art is, why art creation is different than original nature that we can see by our sense? That is a question.

Beyond Surface of Things Wonderful

Beyond surface of things is wonderful. There is something amazing behind what we see, what we hear and what we taste.

We often claim judgment, “building is green”, “building is high”, “beautiful home”, ” evil conduct”, “so much money”  et cetera. Some of them are physical and sensory judgment. Some of them are mathematic judgment. Some of them are ethic judgment. Some of them esthetic judgment.

Science talk about the physical phenomenon. It talks about natural science. That is not limit of reality. Beyond physical phenomenon, we found in our experience about beauty, and good and bad judgment or ethic judgment.

Beyond Surface of Things in Kant term

Kant said that beyond sensory phenomenon is noumenon, that is something that exists but difficult to understand. We always revise our understanding: ethic and esthetic.

In the old tribe, someone who knows about the phenomenon and beyond noumenon has an important role and their member of tribe honor them. But now, we separate expertise, so scientist didn’t explore about ethics and esthetic, and think that that is the barrier to objective judgment.

Esthetic not only to know but also to feel, to tend, to act. Ethic is not only to know but also to feel, to tend, to act, to prioritize it beyond our life, we die for ethics than to be evil. That is Kant said.

We can not die for an esthetic experience. But we can die for an ethic reason.

We live not only to differentiate wrong and true but also evil and good, beauty and ugly. Then we try to do true, good and beauty.

Human living is driven by 4 values, goodness, truth, beauty, and Godness.

Search for truth is one of human motif that makes human happy because he uses this own reason capacity.

Search for beauty is one of human motif that makes human happy because it is happy to sense.

Search for good conduct make human happy, it makes him found a meaning of life.

That is beyond surface of things.

Life is Flame , Life is Meaningfull

Life Javanese have a proverb: urip itu urup. It means life is flame. Flame is light.

What is it mean? It is mean that life has meaning, full meaningful life if we contribute benefit to another people. The wonder is that is expressed in short word and let us think. Let us think and ask the question what it is mean?

That short proverb has similarities with Islamic teaching.

خَيْرُ الناسِ أَنْفَعُهُمْ لِلناسِ

“The best of man is the most beneficial to man” (Hadist narrated by Ahmad, ath-Thabrani, ad-Daruqutni.)

Most of Javanese are Moslem, so Islamic teaching has an effect on Javanese. And Javanese are rethinking Islamic teaching and expressed it in easy to remember and interesting proverb or quotation.

Urib itu urup. Life is light of the flame, the meaning of life if we give benefit to others around us. It means, the greater the benefits we provide certainly the better for us and others, but no matter how small the benefits we give to others do not let us be the one who is troubling the community. Don’t underestimate our kindness and goodness.

Remarkable meaning of Life is Flame

The meaning of this proverb is remarkable. We living together in the world. We are not alone. The world not to stand alone, in power and all only for ourselves, but we are born to give each other, help and help others without any sense of self-interest. All religions have much discussed this fact that humans as social beings must interact and help each other.

Javanese teaching also said that if we give something to gift to another, don’t expect to get recompense.

The benefit we give to another is like a fire that burns, fire does not mean burning and destructive coals, but the fire has the meaning of a light that always burns and shines every step of man to the right path. Therefore our lives must have the value of benefits that always give a bright light so that every step we and our brothers can walk toward the truth.

Don’t disturb another people because it does not fit our nature as a noble creature. If we do something wrong it is forgotten, but if the mistake is repeated a second time it has become his character. Let us fill our lives with useful benefits and let each other keep our steps beneficial to all.