Art has been a part of our life for as long as humanity has existed. For thousands of years people have been creating, looking at, criticizing, and enjoying art. Art is indeed long compared to the span of life we are given, whatever our longevity. One of the characteristics of Art is that it transcends life itself. Art is immortal for the ages.
Quality art has endured all the mundane and bizarre events that mankind has inadvertently brought upon civilization. Some people would argue that Art is the only civilized thing that has endured. It usually manages to bridge the gaps of culture, politics and religion. True beauty is uplifting and takes us beyond our dreary lives or small-minded concerns. It brings out the best in our emotions. It emphasizes humanity, yet it takes us to a new level of consciousness, something more pure and lasting.
Art becomes a type of meditation, another time-honored method of making time stand still. While all the lives flash by us, the contemplation of art can suspend the passing of time. Any artist who creates art will also vouch for the fact that the process of art-making can make time motionless, as well.
To expand on the wave-like length of art, it resounds throughout the world in ways that make it one of the longest-lasting influences of societies. Art affects nearly every nuance of life, through generations. Think about architecture, photography, designs of clothing and interiors. Technology depends upon art for designs of gear and machines, streamlined for efficiency. Art has a very long history.
We may not realize how much famous art and the art process have become imbedded into our development as a culture. Art has become part of our nature, since the cavemen got past basic survival. It has evolved into a finely-tuned ability, and perhaps more importantly than ever, it has become a new, emotional survival technique. Art just may save us from becoming too mechanized and inhuman.
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