This isn’t just true for the negative side of life. Artists do much the same thing. This is especially clear in the Renaissance era. Following the Middle Ages and the Black Death which stole the lives of nearly half the population in Italy, came a time for “rebirth” or a “Renaissance.” The people began placing those who were filled with energy, new thoughts and values on center stage. This led them to consider what they believed to be the best art and literature available in their history: the Greek and Roman period. From there they blended the old with the new that mutated into something unique, something special which created a new life that energizes people even today.
We’re no different, even on a day to day level. We move from season to season, blending what was with what is to be and make the most of it. Our lives are fashioned around what we know and what it is yet to be learned. The vitality of the human spirit drives us on to new beginnings and challenges, which are still being created. The lives we lead are not to be stagnant and dry, but exciting and exhilarating. There is a restructuring and transformation within our mindsets which expands and develops on what we know and what we want to know.
We desire, as a people, to reach further, higher and deeper into places yet undiscovered by man. We want to understand what is going on around us, in us, through us and through others. We want to create something greater than what already is. This is what enables Scientists to keep digging deeper, architects to try new challenging designs, medical technologists to continue to carve out new methods of fighting disease, or even the parent who tries to frame their efforts around what they have learned, with a slightly different perspective. It’s an effort to be better and we see it in all walks of life.
But we can’t help but look back and remember that which we thought we’d learned, but ultimately were deceived by, in our very own human nature. Man is selfish, greedy, self centered and much less than good. Our minds become so focused on self and what we want, we often block what “should be,” from what we have learned. This is when our minds set our hearts to evil and we become people who seem to have stepped back into a time of rebellion against all that is good and right.
So I ask you; are you focused on what good and beautiful thing/event/person/attitude can come of today, or are you letting dark ugliness crowd your mind and heart so goodness cannot be seen?