Infinitely draw meaning from the arts
The beauty of parables, figures of speech, and the arts is that we can infinitely draw meaning from them. The arts can convey insights that may be original, relatable, usable for daily lives, and inspire vision. But it also demands that the one extracting meaning should be ready and prepared; reflective, discerning, and oriented towards the good.
Drawing meaning does not mean that it is always a pleasurable experience. That is why so many artists are also activists – they wake society up and make us see discomforting truths we may be running away from.
Not all meanings and insights are necessarily correct. This is why appreciating art is having both the critical and creative capacity to understand contexts.
With so many rich media, we are conditioned to react impulsively. But are we able to truly appreciate? Are we able to extract insights from the “art” we consume and adapt in a way that improves our lives?
Maybe the invitation is to go beyond reacting, and to actually appreciate. Then, we can draw more meaning.
Matthew 13:10-17. Why Jesus speaks to crowds in parables
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 202: JULY 21, 2022]