Did the chicken come first or the egg? Does art imitate life, or life imitate art? The argument can sway in either case. Recent findings suggest, a strong possibility of the chicken arriving – before the egg. And I’m tempted to say; it might not be very different in the dilemma of life vs art. But, for argument sake, and to stick with the theme of the photo challenge, I’ll go with the latter.
What makes us human? What inspires art and what can life learn from art? Emotion or the lack of it – is what sets us apart. And however complex we may be, we are a sum of our basic emotions: grief, joy, and love. The process is cyclic and one gives into the other.
“The trouble is, you think you have time.”
The past month has been chequered with sad news. An extended family member and a parent of close friend have passed away. How do you deal with the grief of losing a loved one? And can words truly express what you feel? When we saw the ‘Pieta’, even through the glass enclosure, I was struck by the look of ‘pain’ Michelangelo had successfully managed to evoke in stone. A few days back, I saw the same look, and this time it was not set in stone.
“One joy shatters a hundred griefs.”
– Chinese Proverb
When you’re truly able to leave grief behind, only then, will the process of healing begin. Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that bring joy. It could be a smile, a flower in full bloom, or a sunny day with clear skies. Although the memories of the past might come to haunt us, it’s in the future – lies the key to happiness.
“Sometimes following your heart means losing your mind.”
Love is the most primal emotion that we can feel. Too much or too little – can have a different effect on us. We’ve never been to the Taj Mahal. I’ve found it ironic that a mausoleum would become a symbol of love. Probably, the Taj symbolises love that triumphs the odds and negates the pain of grief.