Intelligence is being discovered in every area of our bodies, in every system within a human person, and in every interaction with our world, This intelligence is both understood as basic human nature and seen as unreachable within extremely stressful circumstances.
This confusion about intelligence as both useful and elusive can be seen in a growing worry about suicide even in our teenagers. Confusion about gaining and applying personal strength reveals a disconnect in understanding our experience of life.
Our language and survival tendencies limit our agility to discover information beyond what we have catalogued. We label the entire realm beyond our comprehension as the unknown, or as mystical, or worse, we claim that one day in the future we will know everything that we do not now know.
The realm of the arts and religion label these unknown areas as layers of experience. Both disciplines explore many realms of experience. They show us clearly what these experiences look like in music, dance, ritual and the other arts. They engage us, involve us, and take us into their newly discovered territory.
Arts and religion do not stop with focusing our attention on different layers of experience. They describe in detail a process of discovery that can be applied to each individual and each group.
The power of the arts and religion is easily shaped to justify any opinion. The arts and religion can be used to promote an opinion or a product to sell. They can justify any group wanting to dominate any other.
When a person connects a powerful experience available through the arts and religion with survival instincts, many paths are possible. Most,of these paths lead to the entanglement of domination or the disillusion of addiction.
This collusion of the arts and religion as an open realm of discovery with the practical application of power leaves a vacuum. In this vacuum rise the voices that discount the arts and religion as outside the necessary areas of study. Others call them mystical or redefine their purpose as another way to improve the static brain or to improve exercise or to cure disease.
The reality is that the arts and religion engage every human system and give access to experience that builds strength and understanding of the process of life. Far from challenging science and math, they are ways of experiencing the depths of life that both science and math describe.
Tim Hurst 081617.