Can you count how many melodious songs you have ever listened to from the time you were born?
Or can you reckon how many plates of mouth-watering delicacies you had stuffed into your stomach last year?
I’m very sure the answer to these questions is NO and you will never be able to keep count of these tidings.
In all these foods that you have and shall taste, there are only FIVE primary tastes known to mankind that set your mouth to salivating and salivating till the “prized cheese“ is securely inside the dungeons of your gut. Isn’t weird how only Five elements can bring to life more flavors than man can ever taste? Yet the secret lies in the combinations and proportions of each element, just as the SEVEN known musical notes in artful combinations have birthed a vast variety of music across centuries.
These combinations were made by skilled hands that had mustered the qualities and properties of each element. They spent years learning this skill, nevertheless even up to their death beds they had only discovered a fraction of their quest while nature retained the rest.
Life too is an Art. It is an art whose relevance is above that of all known art; whether music or war and acquiring this skill is the greatest blessing ever bestowed upon man. Its manifold benefits are beyond the scope of the greatest scholars.
Life, unlike all other forms of art and requires no formal education and bears no restrictions of age, wealth or status, for its books lie in the public domain called NATURE.
In order to start learning this art and become an old hand you need to know the following 9 basics:
1. Nature is a wild forest in which both wisdom and foolishness is kept; therefore you have to learn to distinguish the difference between the two for they seem to be alike to the average eye.
2. Wisdom DOES NOT come with age as it has always been known, for time does not make a person any wiser. Wisdom is about how much you intercept from your environment and its activities. The environment could be people, wildlife or even non-living things. I know you are wondering how wildlife and non living things can teach you a thing but let me put it this way: A hungry dog upon seeing a child with a pie in her hand goes Over to her and performs a number of stunts and tail-wagging before her and upon cheering her up snatches the now unguarded pie. An average man seeing that would call the dog a meanie but a wise man seeing that would conclude to say: not all that flatter you or seem to be close to you have good intentions behind their kindness. And this brings me to the 3rd point which is Motive.
3. Motive- it’s not enough to look at efforts and sacrifice people make in your life but it is divine to consider WHY they are doing all that. As an artist, it is cardinal to question your own motive for any action. Motives such as offering satisfaction to those around you and avoiding getting sacked by your boss are not the best motives for any good action in life. Your motive should be “doing it right because it’s the right thing to do”. Imagine how a fine workplace of “boss-fearing” employees would be like if the boss were to vacate his office for a month. It surely would be a jungle but if these workers were used to working because it was their responsibility then the absence of the boss would make no difference, and here comes the value of motive in life.
4. Planning and assessment- for every fine drawing, there is a fine sketch and any army General with the art of war at his finger tips first matches his capacity with that of his enemy before thinking of war and when he finds himself at an advantage in a possible war, he then begins to plan for war. Likewise you need to have a foresight and elaborate plans for every action that you take, thinking of the goods and ills in it as well as assessing circumstances.
All in all, a lot can be said about the basics of this art, hence we feel it is unwise to expound all its details in one day. Therefore we shall continue with this topic, going into other subdivisions like honesty, hard work, the human mind and the sacred virtues of benevolence, courage and quality among others. Yet the frequency of our posts in this category is dependent on your feedback on this post