posted on Nov, 11 2013 @ 10:44 PM
I have quite a few different sections of my personally-constructed ideology that i'm trying to get a general sampling of perspective on and this
seems to be the next logical step from my previous thread:
are Astronomy, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, Film, Art, and Music all examples of humanity's collective attempt to learn "the language of
maybe, maybe not..?
well, it turns out that "crazy" or "not-crazy" might be besides the point, just as the English language in America is not any more "correct"
than the English language in England; certain things said by either can be interpreted as "crazy" by the other.
What seems to be the very basic goal of each of these paradigms..?
my recent definition: to understand and hence better manipulate/collaborate with the surroundings/experience of our internal and external worlds!
I have come to think of concepts such as the 2nd law of thermodynamics as being more similar to a law of language (syntax) which is flexible and only
helps guide communication, instead of a law like in our judicial system (which is cryptic and implies there is a punishment for attempting to
circumnavigate or even exploit the law)
Music is the realm that I am most familiar with, however, and it is through music that things started to appear this way to me..
everyone knows what music 'is' and (almost) everyone has a fascination with it that most of us take for granted, but could easily be considered
"irrational" or at least not really based on anything we can explain with words (and when we do, we tend to make fools out ourselves and speak
further and further from describing the original object of speculation..)
but music itself is not entirely irrational or intangible while somehow also never being entirely rational or unanimously agreed upon as "good" or
"bad" or "rock" or "punk" or "metal" blah blah blah...
these words do *sometimes* indeed communicate *something*, but the group of artists and sounds described by these words is ever-changing and their
versatility proves to be limited in doing justice to the content being described.
there are general "suggestions" in music which has become known as "music theory" after the lifetime of J.S. Bach (fairly recent in terms of the
tradition of music) but after studying it for years, I don't think that those rules or "laws" are any more stable or universal than the laws in
law-books of any given county when compared to another. Sure, there are some laws that have been around for centuries, but sometimes (seems often..)
those are the laws that need changing the most urgently..
really what I am trying to say is that the nature of music is to be fleeting, evolving, changing, and ultimately created instead of studied.. I am
coming to believe that the laws of the universe are of the same quality..
Not until the nature of electricity was understood, humanity had no concept of indoor lighting or cities as they exist now..
until the acceptance of the "tri-tone" (flat-5th) in the west, composers were condemned for its use and western music itself was limited by the
limitation of that acceptance..
Meanwhile, the East-Indian culture had been utilizing that interval in music for possibly thousands of years and evolved their system of music far
beyond what even modern music has yet to explore..
but there seems to always be a plateau that follows the incline of progress.. stagnancy is also something that is seen in every one of these paradigms
I mentioned above and, while stagnancy does have a natural role in being the opposite dynamic of progress and inevitable, recent society seems to have
more than its fair share of it..
The status and use of these tools in music is no different than the pursuit of science to manipulate matter, communicate more effectively, and explore
further into "the unknown"; the reluctance of the masses to see the world as anything other than what they "want" it to be, being what keeps
progress as a fickle and fleeting thing..
again, I apologize if lack-of-organization makes this a rough read, but I guess I could sum up my point (or my question) like this:
Do all of the seemingly-independent and various paradigms of human study have the common goal of learning to speak to the Universe in its own
language/dialect? Could Physics be the Syntax of "God's" language, Biology be the Grammar, Psychology the Creative Writing.. etc?
just some thoughts ^-^