The Word's Christian Fellowship, Inc.
#87 True Education  Part I                                                                                           April 3, 2011 

Information, concepts and ideas are communicated by individual words or individual words linked together. The sum total of all those words form a language. The written language of a civilization is the single greatest storehouse of the information, concepts and ideas relevant to that civilization.

Following the scattering of earth’s inhabitants at the time of Nimrod, and the consequent loss of all pre-flood developments of the one language spoken by all, the earliest forms in the development of new and different written languages were pictures from the human environment drawn and linked together.  Pictures, however, cannot precisely communicate information, concepts or ideas.  Therefore, as those languages developed, the individual pictures drawn from environmental images became more and more abstract. They ceased having a resemblance and meaning based on pictures from the environment.  Instead, the letters, once pictures, were combined to make words which were assigned a meaning by humans within a particular civilization.  That made it possible to communicate with growing precision the information, concepts and ideas and eventually, much more detailed information and more complex concepts and ideas.

As different civilizations advanced, their written languages became more and more abundant in individual words and variations of those words.  The technological and sociological advancements or interests of any civilization can be measured and the distinct areas of those advancements or interests defined by the growth of its written language - both in the quantity of written words and the quality of the precision in meaning of those words.  For example, an agrarian, passive civilization would have far more words to describe farming than war.

The quantity of words in a language of a civilization and the precision of their meanings is also reflected in the art of that civilization.  Any civilization which has or had a simple, rudimentary written language will produce art which is as vague in the communication of emotion as its language is vague in the communication of information, ideas and concepts.  Conversely, the master author, in an advanced civilization, utilizing a highly developed written language, can communicate precisely and with minute accuracy information, concepts or ideas to the reader.  The master artist, in that same advanced civilization, can communicate to his or her audience and invoke the exact same emotional response from each individual within that audience.

The great template of all natural forms of artistic expression is the human environment.  Man endeavoring to both duplicate and perpetuate the feelings and emotions invoked from the song of a swallow, the sculpture of a mountain range, or the picture of a sunset made music, sculpted figures, drew and painted.  Art therefore, in its most basic purpose, is to communicate emotions and feelings and to invoke an emotional response.

The physical body of a human being is rhythmic in its operations and functions.  That is the basis of the emotional attraction of music.  The brain thinks in pictures in whole or in part.  That is the basis of the emotional attraction of sculptures, drawings or paintings as well as the foundation whereby concepts and ideas can be communicated.  Poetry which communicates word pictures in a rhythmic way is perhaps the purest and highest form of written or spoken communication.  Music, accompanied by dancers who portray in their movements the emotions and feelings invoked by the music, is perhaps the purest and highest form of artistic expression.

When music, which invokes emotion or feelings, is used to provide support to dancers expressing in their movements the emotion the music conveys, and those dancers are also singing words which communicate concepts and ideas in harmony with the music and movement, it is neither pure art, nor is it pure communication. It is instead, perhaps, the most effective means of educating the body/soul human.  Consider for example, Sesame Street and music videos, not to mention commercials.
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                         To be continued.

© Stephen A. Harrison,  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893