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Friday, September 05, 2008

Prejudice about the Future

It is interesting to note that one can learn a lot about their life, how they wish to shape their own future from various sources and experiences, even experiences which they might rarely enjoy. This supports the belief that one needs to be receptive every time... This attempt to record an understanding about how we tend to get entangled in issues which are very trivial and hold ourselves from experiencing tomorrow, is because of my visit to one of the painting exhibitions in Abu Dhabi ... before I proceed, I need to be honest and admit that visiting art or painting exhibitions is normally not what I enjoy the most...so, I visited an exhibition of Picasso paintings...

My initial feeling was that most of the works on display were probably not the best pieces to showcase the genius in Picasso and that the gallery in Paris had a better collection... but my opinion had to change... I came across this picture which impressed me immensely, and probably stands as a perfect sample to testify Picasso's view about painting...

'For me, doing a painting consists of performing a dramatic act in the course of which reality is torn apart!'

It is also interesting to note that a piece of art influences everyone in a personalized way and one can take away a completely different meaning from what the piece was suppose to portray... This painting is a depiction of sexual aggression, understandably so, it stands out as a notable piece of work from a person who suffered from narcissistic personality disorder and an intense interest in women...

What interested me in this painting though, is how people are always anxious, not able to see the bigger picture. Everyone of us leads an anxious existence, followed by a conventional practice of surrender... it is always essential to grow over this feeling before we are taken in by its destructive fury...having a certain degree of concern for our future is always essential, but it should not become our only concern, guiding our present... one needs to learn...to see present as it is, rather than seeing it as a driving pilot for the future...

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