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Music and Meaning

We all seek peace of mind, and we find it through meaning. As rational, intelligent, and moral creatures we strive to make sense out of the world, to give meaning to life, and to bring order out of chaos. And we do this through worldviews: the conceptual frameworks by which we interpret our experiences and cope with reality. Worldviews are woven between education and experiences--the synthesis of theory and practice--and are constantly transforming in light of new learning. And while worldviews vary between liberals and conservatives, atheists and theists--one thing that doesn't vary--is that we all think ours is right. We all judge worldviews based on the quality and coherence of the evidence that makes them, just like the quality and coherence of the notes in a song.

That said, I doubt anyone would argue music to be a cacophony of noise in preference to a symphony sounds. Music is defined as the"expression of ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color", giving us an objective criteria of its character. The soothing structure and predictability of song gives us peace as we can make sense out of it and discover the genius behind its majesty. Yet despite our ability to praise composers for their musical mastery, we do the opposite when it comes to our worldviews. Against all intuition--we credit chaos with order and mind with madness--blind to the beauty of this wonderful creation.

#art #worldview #truth #creation #design #god #criticalthinking #music #cacaphony #symphony #objectivity

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Writer, artist, freethinker. I love to travel and live life, making the best of what I have and helping others achieve the same. I am passionate about all things beautiful, that goodness that traverses the triune axes of human existence--mind, body, and spirit. Through my education and experience I endeavor to present my opinion on issues from an informed perspective, relishing in the humility of uncertainty in favor of truth and objectivity. While none of us are free from the worldviews which shape our sight--we should never be afraid to test the assumptions that build them. This is the stuff of true faith. Selah.



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