I was listening to a lecturer, who was speaking (more or less) ‘without notes’.
Ad-libbing out of his wealth of knowledge and pre-occupation with art.
As in all communication on any subject we are also on the receiving end of a person’s subjective outlook or stance.
Mixed-in with all the history or theory or facts regarding the subject they are expounding on, is their subjective ‘in my opinion…’ aspect.
We are all the same in this respect. We mix knowledge of facts, with our personal subjective response and opinion based fully or somewhat on those facts, plus other influencing factors, perhaps unique to ourselves.
So that our personal subjective experience is mixed-in with what we are sharing.
Let’s take-in a definition of subjective. This would be helpful, in getting us to read from the same ‘hymn’ sheet.
subjective | səbˈdʒɛktɪv |
1 based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions: his views are highly subjective | there is always the danger of making a subjective judgement. Contrasted with objective.
In this lecturer I referred to, I perceived a man who was partly spilling his ‘insides’ in a somewhat ‘honest’ and vulnerable way.
This is a modern trend today. Spill all. Whereas wisdom would dictate that we choose carefully what we say and who we say it to.
A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back.
The honesty or at least candidness that spills out of the inner person, is usually admired. Admired for various reasons.
Some find the person is echoing their listener’s own inner conflicts, problems, conclusions, experiences and so on. And therefore it can be therapeutic bringing us to the conclusion that we are not alone in the world.
That we have – just been listening to someone who understands our conflicts, problems, feelings etc., by virtue of the fact that they just verbalised what we have known or experienced ourselves, – gives a certain ‘solace’.
This person spilling their humanness to all, during the lecture, are empathising with their audience, and this is usually appreciated, because we can associate with their confessed dilemmas, hang-ups, self-doubt, and therefore we perhaps applaud their contribution.
But in all of this it can be, that they provide – few or perhaps no – solutions to those openly confessed problems, shortcomings and hangups.
This lecture on art inevitably included also this person’s outlook on life, so much of a mixed bag was their talk.
Their opinion on how to live was suggested indirectly or heralded emphatically. And perhaps unbeknown to them many of their utterances were (on closer examination) replete with contradictions.
The thoughts were coming so hard and fast, that giving proper consideration to them, by speaker and listener alike, was lost in the maelstrom of their delivery.
Why are people impressed? Well if, for example, what they say is mixed with humour, sometimes this alone can get the ‘A’ review and standing ovation.
They made us laugh, – take a bow. We enjoyed it.
All such talks or lectures [stating the obvious], are man’s ability to communicate.
It is the result of an active mind. It is the result of the workings of human ingenuity. The intellect has formed conclusions, experienced life, studied other minds, and in the example here – studied and looked at art for a long time.
‘It’s all in the mind’ is an old saying.
This lecture is the result of accumulated knowledge and experience. The experience of ‘viewing art’, and the experience of ‘living life’ mixed together into a subjective-objective soup.
It is a natural mind struggling it’s way through what it is – to be human and what it is – to grapple with whatever the individual has encountered in his or her journey.
They now stand before fellow human-beings and say: ‘This is what I have found – experienced – struggled with – concluded (or not)’.
There is no divine nature in any of this. It is man at his best or worst.
There is no pretence of it being influenced by the divine, even though there may be references to God or gods, in what they say in passing.
Talks can be punctuated by swear words or blasphemy, or spiritual references or terms utilised in their speech, but with no proper understanding of what those words really mean.
For instance today, quite often you will hear references to our ‘personal demons’. But there is no thought for one moment – that there are actual beings, fallen angels, known as demons. The sort Christ casts out.
So we have the use of terms adapted to cause a given effect, or to make some point – that are actually misused, or used without true understanding.
Increasingly in our world, there is an exultation of man’s intellect. The bible references this exultation of the intellect in the following divinely inspired statement:
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
This lecturer, although speaking on the subject of art, spent a lot of the time referencing his subjective experience of life, and also his world view.
A king once gave an oratorial discourse and fell ill after it.
And the divine intellect (God’s) tells us the reason:
21 On an appointed day Herod dressed himself in his royal robes, sat on his throne (tribunal, rostrum) and began delivering a speech to the people. 22 The assembled people kept shouting, “It is the voice of a god and not of a man!” 23 And at once an angel of the Lord struck him down because he did not give God the glory [and instead permitted himself to be worshipped], and he was eaten by worms and died [five days later].
In this example, the natural intellect unaided by God, was put on such a pedestal that – the god of this world (satan) and his pride – resided to such an extreme degree in this king, that an angel from God Almighty, was despatched to end his life.
That is scary, but true.
We can satirise this story, make it into a cartoon, rasp at it, and get the applause and laughter from the crowd at the clever way we do it. But God has the proverbial – so called, ‘last laugh’.
As we listen to the many kinds of voices in our world, as human communicates with human, one thing we can say is – it can only be man at his best or worst. There is no divine impetus or inspiration in a lot of it.
That is not to say that it all has no value. Not at all. But rather its ‘worth’ is usually in varying degrees.
Conversely some of it – or a lot of it – is foolishness to God.
Where is the wise man (philosopher)? Where is the scribe (scholar)? Where is the debater (logician, orator) of this age? Has God not exposed the foolishness of this world’s wisdom?
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
The average ungodly person, who does not accept the divine, will quickly pass over the Biblical quotes in this post, and get to the rest of the author’s logic.
Because the ‘interruption’ of these bible quotes will not appeal to their natural mind. It is ‘unnatural’ to them, because it is the divine nature in these verses, which is contrary to their natural thinking.
As an artist I accepted quite a bit of what this speaker communicated, when speaking of art, but heard the heart of a man who was (by what he himself indicated but not in so many words)…
…without Christ…having no hope and without God in the world.