Writing the Essay
Deepening Exercise 2
1. We, as creators and consumers, must not fixate on the negatives of each respected artwork but rather on the wonders of it. When our minds are opened to the windows of what the artist or creator wanted us to see, we are able to learn more about the artwork in itself and ourselves as well; moreover, our minds become open to how the artwork affects us on an emotional and a physical level. 2. We are able to understand things by developing a unique algorithm in which we are able to break down the task at hand step by step. We use our senses, our past experiences, our imaginations, etc. 3. We, as critics and as listeners of those critics, must not be so quick to dismiss the opposing view. Although it may not be taken lightly as a certain point in time, Matthew Goulish brilliantly states that anything can become a work of art over time. In reference with the glass example, a work of art can be seen as unappealing or unmoving like a solid, but as we develop the skills to understand the artwork overtime, it can be seen in an entirely different aspect and become the opposite of what we originally thought (a liquid in Goulish’s example). As the cliché states, things get better overtime; that statement certainly applies to Goulish’s insight.
1. How does one improve on the future if he has yet to understand the past? Sure, it is just a collection of past memories jumbled up into a place where it gets increasingly harder to remember the small details but what meaning do those memories hold? 2. This is the beginning. I do not question anything before me because there was nothing before it to help rationalize it; “discover” is merely a word with no meaning to me. 3. Christopher Columbus experienced this new beginning first hand; of course he read about China and Japan but this was far from those regions. It was a blank slate, a new world for lack of a better name and this was the beginning of its history (in his eyes). 4. History is a painter’s blank canvas, waiting to have a purpose. This canvas is a paradise to the painter because there are no rules, no predetermined guidelines to follow—just the brush and the painter’s imagination/curiosity. 5. Christopher Columbus was that eager painter, patiently waiting to show the world his brush stroke. 6. History is more than merely people listening to what you say really happened but them accepting it as their own. Just as an object is useless without a name describing it, history is useless without people accepting it. 7. The sun, the water and everything surrounding this mysterious land greatly contrasts the same elements in the homeland. Without a previous opinion, you are forced to make up your own… a rationalization of sorts to help explain the anomalies of this land. 8. Green is my paint color for my canvas. I start off with green, which is all I see. What comes next is merely an assessment of time. 9. My country is named after a church; however, it is not. All I see is green. My history indicates a name more green, and green, and green! The church is an anachronism, out of place and time. My canvas, however, keeps updating every second. 10. The man with the three ships left almost nothing because there was nothing to begin with. Sure, there were physical things, but without a name, they exist in the foreground, going unnoticed. 11. The more I live in this world with those who look like me, the more I drift into my world. My history differs from that of the population. I am Christopher Columbus, naming things that have already been given names by previous people; however, this is the beginning, I am the beginning and there is nothing before me. 12. The botanists are the same people as Columbus and me, inventing a world that pleases them. Eupatorium will always be Eupatorium. 13. Nils Ingemarsson saw that without a proper name, things don’t matter as much. Becoming a minister was the...
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