Music and Humanity

Throughout written History, Music has been part of humanity. The earliest known written documents reference the power of sound and throughout history, regardless of culture, music has been featured with prominence.

History is also full of power-hungry leaders whom sought to control and conquer everything as far as the eye could see. Some would say the same about some of Today’s world leaders.

Through the looking glass of Arts and the Humanities, we find many clues: that sound and art have kept for us many of these secrets. The important thing to understand is that Powerful evil is intelligent and seeks to conceal the sources of its power. Knowledge is power after all and power begets power.

Some may contend these theories are nothing more than conspiracy, to which I reply, That is not a conspiracy theory, it is history

I will try to draw few conclusions for you, rather lay out the evidence for your own mind to decide. Through Music and the other Humanities, like Art, Architecture, Literature, I will merely decipher the clues, allowing you to unravel your own stories.

When studying the clues left behind in the arts, once must consider the set and setting. The bravest were quite bold in their statements, but most others are hidden in symbols and alliteration.

If we look at all the Ancient texts and consider that man was just forming words for his thoughts and words were very symbolic, we begin to understand them like fables and lore and start looking for their deeper meanings.

Next, we take a look at more recent texts and art and examine the common era. Here we see culture divide religion from the sciences and humanities. Around the same periods in history, we see the rise of some of the World’s major organized religions. Coincidence? I will let you decide. Separation of church and state was born in America, so in ancient times, the Religious Leaders wielded power. From the crusades of ancient through modern times, History is littered with stories of Religious war.

Since the birth of Modern Religious dogma occurs in the same time frame, do we not owe it to ancient cultures to consider this? History we learn, repeats itself, does it not bare consideration than, the source of this History we choose to believe? Modern conveniences afford us the opportunity to educate ourselves and to do so in Socratic fashion; we must review history from all angles and not just the one our culture chose to prevail.

As I sit here in my home in Hawaii, I need not look back through thousands of years of history to find the wounds of abandoning nature for industrial revolution. The industrial cog wound so tightly here that a in culture where the land once belonged to all, commercialism has made it so that natives can scarcely afford shelter. This is the reward they get for turning their back on their own beliefs in the name of Jesus and advancement?

If that is too recent history to grab your attention, the Native Americans may have much to say, for they too, believed in song and dance and living in harmony with Nature. What would they say of our monotheistic democracy, are they better off with us here?

If History does not fancy you, I apply then to your more artistic senses. Throughout History; artists have always tried to point us back in the direction of nature and sound. Once we have come to understand basic symbolism, we can find these symbols everywhere in art, literature, architecture. We can even find richer meaning in more modern pop-culture like music, theater and movies.

Depending on the era in which the art was produced, and the artist, we find some were blatant and outright with it (their reference to nature and sound) and at other times, the deeper meanings are much more subtle. Here is where we must remember in an era with no separation between church and state such blatant disbelief in dogma was punishable by death, so we shall always consider set and setting.

Once we learn the symbols, however, and the myth from wide lens, all the beloved art appreciated previously by the rich and educated becomes more accessible to common man. It is no longer existential, or hippie, because you understand the deeper meaning in its content.

It is important than to begin understanding symbols and their meaning in language and history before we can see the vastness of their encoding throughout historic and modern art. Understanding that Language began as much more than words and early words were deeply rich with multi-meaning will allow us to see different meaning in great literature works as well.

From a wider angle, and a view from the other side we will see that all of the myths, fables, stories and lore are just simile and metaphor. Because again, artists are attempting to put the unspeakable into words, and give voice to the unsaid.

I will also journey through Organized Religion, with the same metaphorical lens and show you that in many ways, all organized religion seek to provide a moral code. Regardless of Deity, Religious Dogma is nothing more than a moral code of ethics. When you shine a fresh light on the literary symbology, more secrets are revealed. Once we can view all dogma as symbolic, regardless of its brand, we free our minds to the possibilities and open ourselves to new experiences. This experience has shaken some of my very core beliefs, but in letting go of dogma in the spirit of an open mind, I have found spiritual freedom. But, I merely intend to lead you to the waters, it is up to you to drink.

Finally, to establish a well-rounded study of mankind, I ask you to consider this. What is the point of studying human history if we divorce it from being human. Humanities are the studies of the arts, language and history. Even the word humanities should give us some clues. Why was it so important to divorce spirituality from science and art? Language itself was but the seed of the human spirit and some contend, art is the song of the human soul. The ancients thought music could bring them divinity, their words and stories are rich with dual meanings.

It is here, I intend to lay out my studies, and experience of receiving catharsis through the arts.

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