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Friday Arts Feature - 9 August

by Chauncey Tinker – 9 Aug 2019

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Dr Jordan Peterson’s 12th rule in his great book “12 Rules For Life” is to pet a cat when we see one in the street. He doesn’t necessarily mean this literally, it’s an expression of the idea that we need to stop what we’re doing every now and again and admire the beauty in the world. I think the poet W. H. Davies was expressing a similar idea in his famous poem “Leisure”:

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

We’re dealing with some very contentious issues here at the Participator, I fear we often lose new readers as quickly as we gain them as a result, and we are discussing subjects that are often quite depressing to contemplate (how our enemies rejoice at our mental suffering). I have decided to introduce this weekly Friday Arts Feature as a regular feature in order to remind us to follow Dr. Peterson’s 12th rule and take a moment or two to recharge our batteries. It will also be an opportunity to remind us of the beauty of our Western civilization that is decaying in front of our eyes; if it is lost then there will be considerably less diversity in the world, we should remind people of that.

Considering the fact that I am an atheist it may surprise readers to know that I have a passion for classical religious music, I find the best of these pieces move me in a way that other music seldom does. Most of these pieces are written in Latin, a language I know very little, it is purely the music that I appreciate although no doubt there is beauty in the words as well. Here is an example, a short beautiful piece for unaccompanied choir (only 4 minutes long) which is quite famous, although the composer Johann Kuhnau’s work in general is rather lost in the mists of time:

From the UGA Hodgson Singers:

This work was later reworked quite substantially by another composer (usually believed to be J.S.Bach) to produce the better known work “Der Gerechte kommt um” which has an orchestral accompaniment.

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