Freedom of Art

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Art was created to break the standard and barriers which are sometimes too rigid and conservative. This can’t be separated from its nature which is one of the best way to express human feelings. Art is identical with creativity and imagination. As we all know, creativity and imagination can’t be limited. As long as inspirations or ideas are still exist, our brains still work well, our heart still can feel the beauty, then creativity and imagination will never die. Inspiration is the fuel. Five senses are like the camera which capture every inspiration that comes to us. Brain and heart are the place where the inspiration takes a process. Our body will execute it to be a beautiful art (it can be visual art, audio art or audio-visual art).

Art is about freedom, beside beauty. Because of this nature, art is difficult to be assessed and perceived. I could say that there’s no absolute assessment and perspective to assess and perceive an artwork. There’s no right and wrong in assessing an artwork because it’s not science. There’s no good and bad because it’s not about morale, ethic or manner. I have ever said in my other post that there’re only beautiful and very beautiful in art. This opinion belongs to my music teacher in high school. She said it in the beginning of her lessons when we were still 10th grader. And I still take her words as my principle and guidelines until now.

But, on the other side, freedom of art needs an honesty. Art is an expression of human feelings, so, what you feel will determine how your artwork looks like. Human feelings can’t be manipulated. Your mouth can lie, but your heart can’t. You might show your smile, so, people would see you as a happy person. But, does your heart feel that happiness too? Only you and God know what you feel in the bottom of your heart. Because art is an honest expression, then, art shouldn’t be forced and controlled by certain parties to merely fulfill their interests, so, it can damage the meaning and values of the art itself. Every art is beautiful and delicate. But, how beautiful of an artwork depends on the ability to describe the reality and touch human feelings. *)

*) this short article is just my random thought in the middle of running out of ideas.

Have a great day, everyone! Don’t forget to be happy

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Everyone Deserves Love

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Have you ever fallen in love? How do you feel? You’ll feel joy, content and heart racing just to see his/her smile everyday. Every little thing they do seems so cute,sweet and special to you.

Have you ever broken heart? How do you feel? When you’re broken hearted, what you’ll feel is the opposite of how you feel when you fall in love. You can be broken hearted because of break up or one-sided love. But, broken heart can give you many life lessons to be stronger and careful in the future. As long as you can forgive yourself, receive your past and take the lessons with positive mind. Never face a broken heart with self blaming, self harm or suicide.

Actually, broken heart is a risk or “side effect” of falling in love. If you fall in love and even brave enough to confess your feeling to your crush, you have to be ready when he/she give you a disappointing answer. When you decided to be in relationship, you maybe face a break up or you want to take the relationship to another level (read : marriage) in the end. That’s also a risk or “side effect” of getting in relationship.

There’s no standard in defining the meaning of love. If you often hear that music is universal language, there’s one more thing that can be considered as universal language. What is it? Yes, it is love! I believe that love is the best gift from God. He created us with love. He is showering us with love everytime and everywhere. Therefore, humans are “love creatures” so, it’s really normal if they want to love and be loved. Everyone deserves love. No matter who you are. No matter what your life background. Love doesn’t only happen between the two lovers, but also happen between children and parents, between students and teachers, between sisters and brothers, between friends or best friends, between humans and animals and plants, between humans and nature even between humans and God. All of you are precious and deserve love. And don’t forget to always love yourself. Because no one can love you as well as yourself.

Have a great day, everyone! Don’t forget to be happy.

Literature/Fiction Work Deserves Love and Appreciation

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This morning, I read an article written by a member of online community writing that I joined in. She said that political column on the site should be deleted because it becomes a “battle field” for spreading hate speech, racist abuse and slander. The second reason is because many members or writers who wrote in the column weren’t based on objectivity and good analysis. Most of them wrote based on “like” or “dislike” only.

Even the site was once infiltrated by an ex convict of corruption case (he was once a fugitive because he had fled abroad) using a pseudonym as his account name. And that person often wrote in political column. But, of course, he likes to make a fuss with his writings. I was surprised when I read the fact. I be like, “how come?”

She also criticized why literary/fiction column was treated like a “stepchildren”. She said that literary column doesn’t get love and appreciation like other columns (the writers are no exception T_T). Honestly, I’m happy that she voiced out what we felt because I’m the one of writer in that column haha XD. I bow down 12345789 times to her.

After reading her writing, I became a bit sad. Is the appreciation so low for literature work and its writers? Yeah, maybe because it’s just literature/fiction work, people assume it’s only writer’s imagination, doesn’t provide knowledge at all. Is the assumption true? Haha, people who understand, won’t say things like that!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a non-fiction haters! If you’re old reader of my blog, you’ll find that most of my posts here are poems and it’s included in fiction work (even though I wrote it based on my own experiences). I read non-fiction books and articles, mostly about humanities, mental health, socio-cultural, lifestyle, religion. But, sometimes I read other topics too. Sometimes, I write something related to those topics although in different forms. It can be poem, prose or opinion. Whatever I want. But, literature, especially poem has special place in my heart. Writing a poem makes me free. Free from telling my stories (whether it’s good or bad) implicitly and I’ll let the readers have their own interpretations. Even I can put in some actual issues on it.

I’ve also read an article that a literature can soften the reader’s heart. Why? Because, in fact, many moral values and life lessons are put in by the writers into their works. Beside that, in literature, especially poem, an inanimate objects seem to have lives and behave like humans. For example : dark swallows light, the sky close its curtain, the universe watches, smiling full moon, morning making out with the sun etc. They are also described as having feelings and can feel certain emotions, such as sad, happy, angry etc. When we can imagine that the moon can smile, the sky can be gloomy, lonely can rule, we will definitely think that if inanimate objects can feel these emotions, what about humans? Whereas, humans have five senses, have brains, have hearts, have thoughts, have feelings. If we can understand this thing, we will not dare to hurt others, both physically and mentally. So, reading a literature/fiction is as useful as reading non-fiction. That’s why it deserves love and appreciation too.

And about politics, actually, I don’t hate it. Politics is good. Sometimes, I read it too if it attracts my interest and assume it as important to be known. But, what makes the political image worse is the politicians and their fanatic supporters who justify any means for power. So, I don’t think it’s politics that I should hate, it’s their behaviour that makes me sick.

Have a great day, everyone! Don’t forget to be happy

Are Critical and Hard-Headed People The Same?

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I’m used to working individually or in teams, so are you. Working in teams is more difficult, challenging but fun at the same time. Why do I say it’s more difficult and challenging? Because, in a team always consist of many people from different character, habit, thoughts and background meanwhile we would like to make the goals and aims come true. Here, we have to learn how to put yourself well in the team. There’re always problems and conflicts. But, we can grow up together to be more mature because of them.

In a team, we can find teammates who are quiet or talkative, cool and calm or bold and daring, laid-back or perfectionist, humorous or serious, etc. And I bet you have teammates who are critical and opinionated. Critical person usually straight-forward and not afraid to stand up for him/herself or others. They are not afraid to say “wrong” if it’s wrong and “right” if it’s right. They tend to be not caring of what others think and say. As long as they have logical reasons to do or say something (especially if they disagree with something), then go for it.

They often misunderstood by people as intimidating, judgemental and hard-headed. So, according to the title, what’s the difference between hard-headed and critical person?

Critical (adj.) 1. indicating the faults in somebody/something or one’s disapproval of somebody/something; (2) [attrib] of or relating to judgement or analysis of something, esp literature, art etc; (3) (a) of or at a crisis, e.g. We are at a critical time in our country’s history; The patient’s condition is critical (b) of the greatest importance/crucial. Meanwhile hard-headed (adj.) means not allowing one’s emotions to affect one’s opinions or decisions. [1]

A critical person usually don’t trust someone/something easily. When they receive information or news, they’ll check the validity and truth first before they decide to trust it or not. They have “good eyes” to indicate mistakes on someone/something even the smallest things and they know how to correct them.

A hard-headed person usually has problem in understanding others feeling and needs. They rarely want to listen to others and hard to advised. These kind of people often gave a hard time to their parents and teachers when they were children.

These two kind of characters often make people irritated. Critical people are considered annoying because they put too much attention on small things and details which most people don’t think is important. Even they can nagging on small mistakes. Meanwhile hard-headed people are considered irritating because they often disobey the rules or others words. Whereas the rules or what people said might be right and good for them. But, their hard-headedness make them hard to listen to others.

So, how do you deal with these kind of people, especially in your team? Based on my own experience, having critical teammates is an advantage for me because their existence have opened my eyes and mind to be more objective and see the problems from different angle. Their existence can make a team more dynamic, colorful and different in implementing the ideas.

Sometimes, dealing with hard-headed people can drain my patience. But, I need to control myself when I talk to them, especially when I disagree with them and want to refute their opinions. If I feel like I’d lose control, I’d rather succumb and calm myself down than get into heated argument with them (tbh, I don’t really like arguing with others even though I’m right. Because I might hurt them, both mentally and physically, if I force myself to get in when my emotions aren’t stable).

Have a great day everyone! Don’t forget to be happy.

Reference :

[1] Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Oxford University Press. 1995

An Artist : Existence, Popularity and Negative Stigma

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Working on entertainment industry is not easy. As an artist or the person who works in art/entertainment field (whether they’re a musician, singer, actor/actress, dancer, comedian etc), they are required to have “something” unique that distinguishes them from others. They are required to be creative so the people will not bore.

An artist who works in entertainment industry is required to have fit, healthy body and good stamina in every condition. They are required to always look perfect from head to toe. Always smiling in front of camera and media. They aren’t allowed to show that they’re tired or sad in front of their fans. In fact, they’re just human, like us, who have feeling and emotions. They can feel happy, joy, sad, angry, tired, bore, stress etc. But, they have no freedom to show it to others because of their job (and responsibility) or they will be labeled as unprofessional.

Media also has a role in creating an image of the artist in public’s eyes. Tbh, entertainment industry prone to “racism” and “discrimination“. Media helped to form a single standard of beauty and brainwashed others to believe in it.

In Indonesia, entertainment industry is dominated by the mixed-blooded artists who have “western look” (white skin, tall, slim, pointed nose etc) meanwhile the “brown people” artists (Indonesian people are classified as Malay race which has brown or tan skin color as their characteristics. So, I used the term “brown people” to describe it.) are fewer in number. That’s why I have a thought, “are we brown people not more beautiful/handsome than those who are white people?”

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Many people are finally attracted to this profession with assumption that they can get everything they wants. Popularity, fans, attention, money, big house, luxurious car and boys/girls are standing in a row hoping to be theirs. Having all of them can make your social status go higher in the society.

The Price An Artist Must Pay To Maintain Its Existence And Popularity

But, there’s no free things in this world. There’s any price you have to pay for that luxury. You have no privacy anymore because people always want to know everything you do. The media will inevitably hunt down the latest and hottest news or gossips about you to satisfy public’s curiousity.

You can’t enjoy the freedom anymore like an ordinary people because there’re always paparazzi who follow you quietly wherever you go. You make a little mistake and it’s captured by the camera, people all over the world will know what you’ve done. Blasphemy, insults and judgments will be addressed to you.

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The demands to always be perfect, no matter the age is no longer young, then many newcomers who’re younger, prettier/handsome and talented, make them have to struggle to maintain their existence and popularuty in entertainment industry. “I can’t lose my fans”, maybe this thought is on their minds. This is what ultimately make them stress and depressed. Finally, drugs become their escape. Or even worse is suicidal.

Drugs and Creativity

There’re 3 types of drugs that usually used by an artist : dumolid, shabu and marijuana. All three are used to strenghten the stamina of the artists who have tight and busy schedules. They live under pressure with limited privacy, looking for tranquility through drugs consumed.

Many people and famous artists claimed that using psychoactive substances can increase creativity. The use of alcohol and marijuana can encourage them to enter the “trance” (half conscious condition in a creative process).

A Dutch study of 60 people showed that using low-dose marijuana had no effect on increasing someone’s creativity. While the use of high-dose marijuana significantly decrease creativity. Zsolt Demetrovics, a researcher from Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, said that assumption of correlation between creativity and use of drugs was not clear, whether there was scientific support or not.

The Reasons Why Many Parents Forbid Their Children to be An Artist

Therefore, many parents don’t agree or forbid their children to pursue their career as an artist. They consider that an artist is a person who has no bright future. They consider artists are morally damaged, disorganize and disobey the rules because of their principle of “free life”. Alcoholic, drugs user, marry and divorce too many times are negative stigma that often addressed to an artist. This is why, many parents want their children to choose “safe jobs” with fixed salary so they can guarantee their lives when they’re getting older.

This negative stigma doesn’t occur without reason. Because they saw those bad acts done by the artists and media exposed them too much.

Art is a beauty. Art is beautiful and delicate. The quality of artwork depends on the extent to which its ability in describing the reality and touch human feelings.

Art isn’t only about aesthetics but also ethics. Using drugs to increase creativity should not be used as an excuses because it actually shows that you have no ethics as an artist.

Happy Sunday Morning. Have a great day. Don’t forget to be happy.

References :

https://sains.kompas.com/read/2018/02/15/113300523/banyak-artis-jadi-pengguna-benarkah-narkoba-tingkatkan-kreativitas accessed on July 21th, 2019-11.00 a.m.

https://www.klikdokter.com/info-sehat/read/2698085/benarkah-narkoba-dapat-meningkatkan-kreativitas accessed on July 21th, 2019-11.10

https://tirto.id/3-jenis-narkoba-yang-sering-dikonsumsi-artis-dumolid-sabu-ganja-cFeg accessed on July 21th. 2019-10.50


Humans Are The Most Complex Creature : A Thought and Criticism

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This article was inspired by a comment from a netizen in one of the discussion forums on social media who easily judged others simply because of too much hatred on his/her heart, not for make sense reasons. That netizen was involved into a heated argument with other netizens. I write this article because I feel concerned why there are still many narrow-minded people who easily judge others by ‘like’ and ‘dislike’ only.

When I decided to write this article, believe it or not, I need to calm myself down first. Tbh, dealing with this kind of people can drive me crazy.

The thing that pissed me (and the others) off cause of that netizen is he/she judged someone in the forum who often hides his true feelings as a hypocrite,fake and yes-man person. Smile on the outside but cry and hurt on the inside. He/she said that someone who acts like that has no character at all, 0 (zero) attitude. He/she jumped on a conclusion too quickly without knowing the life background of the person he/she judged. I’ll just tell you the summary here.

Actually, the person he/she judged, has dark and painful past. Yes, the person he/she judged, was a victim of violence in his past. His existence is always wasted even by his family. Till finally he met a good person who trusted him a lot and then become his boss and give him a work. Since then he became a very loyal and responsible person, especially to his boss, but always hiding his emotions from others.

One day, he was entrusted by his boss to keep “a big secret”. The secret may not even be known by the boss’ family. The boss himself will explain it to his family someday when the moment is right. Apparently, without realizing it, his boss’ sister began to become suspicious and forced him to tell the truth. But, he kept avoiding and clinging onto his promise not to tell the secret to anyone. He felt that it’s not his right to tell the truth to his boss’ sister. That’s why that netizen labeled him as a hypocrite, fake and yes-man person.

We can’t just blame on someone even though what he/she does seems “annoying” for us. We can’t just blame on someone even though what he/she does seems “wrong and bad”. We have to understand what’s the reason he/she act or behave like that. In what condition, those action or behaviour can be considered as “right” or “wrong”? I believe there’s always a motive behind human’s action or behaviour even though we never really understood. I also believe that people who committed in crime, have become a victims of crime in their past, not just because they have a tendency to be a criminals. For example, a pedophile, usually ever become a victim of sexual abuse in his/her childhood. A cold-blooded killer might be a person who often got violence from people around him/her since he/she was child. And many other examples.

You know, people’s character are varies. There’re quiet, introvert, shy, calm and soft-spoken people meanwhile there’re people who’re cheerful, bubbly, energetic, extrovert, hyper and life of the party. There’re people who’re straight-forward so they can speak up their minds easily and directly. But, there’re also people who’re more secretive so they often find difficulties in explaining what they want/don’t to others. Then, which one is worse? Which one is better?

In my opinion, there’s nothing better or worse. Nothing is more superior than others. All of them are unique. All of them are complemented toward each other. Each of these characters can be a weakness or an advantage for someone. depending on its situation and condition. Depending on how he/she handles and deals with it.

Everyone has their own negative and positive sides. Everyone can do the right things but sometimes can be slipped too by some mistakes. Be wise in judging someone/something. Try to see it from different perspective. So, instead of blaming on others, why don’t you introspect yourself?

Have a great day everyone! Don’t forget to be happy

My Thoughts On Musical Taste

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I won’t explain it in difficult way with certain analyzes like a great musician or professional. I just want to share my thoughts on musical taste in a simple yet understandable way. So, if you’re musician or music experts or someone who’s more talented in music than me, I hope you can understand what I’m talking about and I’m sorry if I made a lot of mistakes in my writing today.

I’ve often said in my post if someone’s taste and preference is different between one and another, including in music. It’s so subjective. We can’t force others to like something what I like and vice versa. There’s nothing wrong with personal taste and preference. I also don’t really know what affects someone’s musical taste. Is it because of culture or habit that grow up in a place where they live? I don’t know. For example, in my beloved country, Indonesia, there’s one of most popular music genre here called ‘dangdut‘. Almost in every event, whether it’s wedding party, folk art festival, political party campaigns even in public transportation (usually in a bus) and night club, there’s always dangdut. This genre has many fans from different age range, from younger people to old generations.

For some people, this genre is often associated with lower class society and people who like it are considered as people with ‘low taste‘ of music. But, I don’t agree with this opinion even though I’m not a big fan of dangdut. In my opinion, just because you like certain music genres, it doesn’t make you more superior or exclusive than anyone else even though you like non-mainstream music (it’s okay if you don’t agree). If you don’t like it, ignore. No need to blame on it. Music is universal language. No matter what your ethnicity/race/nationality/religion/sex/age, music always has its own fans. Whatever it is.

Musical taste can be affected by age and era. People around my parents age tend to prefer old music, e.g. 70-80’s music. Meanwhile people around my age or around my brother and sister’s age tend to prefer more trendy music , e.g. late 90’s music or 2000’s music. But, there’s an exception too in it. I have an acquaintance-one of my college senior, who’s several months older than me, loves 80’s music and some other old music. My friend’s mother, who’s at her 50 years, can enjoy 2000’s music. People with those musical tastes, sometimes make people around their age wonder, “why does he/she listen such a kind of music like that?”

Sometimes, someone’s musical taste is not easy to understand, especially a person who has unusual or non-mainstream musical taste. My father loves classical jazz and blues. He said that many of his friends often consider his musical taste is weird and unusual. But, for me, instead of weird and unusual, I could say that his musical taste is unique and cool (I said that not because he’s my father.But, I really respect and appreciate his thoughts of it, just like I respect and appreciate those who have the same thoughts as him.). The same thing applies to my senior too. Yeah, he’s unique and cool. (I’m even curious now, is there anyone of you can give me recommendations of nice old music? If yes, what is it? )

Tbh, I often feel confused when someone asks me what type of music I usually listen to. Sometimes, I love listening to certain music type based on my condition. In the morning, I prefer to play fun, happy, upbeat and energetic music (maybe kinda loud too) for setting up my good mood and rising up my spirit. In the night or when I need to cooling down, I prefer to play soothing, calm and relaxing music. Well, maybe many of you are doing the same thing.

Have a great day everyone! Don’t forget to be happy