Monday, 16 May 2016

"All for the Future!"

"All for the Future!"

(Ramblings on Arts,
and the Future the society
has trying to create)

Back then, both sciences and the arts was meant to be for the wealthy few, all with its carefully-crafted instruments, well-written books, and even talented artists as well as hard working scientists, all bought and supported to appease those willing to learn, if not rather pleases both the eye as well as the mind.

Be it those from Newton, Leeuwenhoek, Voltaire, Da Vinci, and Buonarotti, such remarkable works that are once meant to provide the wealthy if not the payable somehow brought the attention of the masses, especially those who afforded to hear their statements, sought their artworks, even read their books and be inspired to create what comes from theirs, based from those carefully crafted instruments, books, research, and discoveries of those times; however, despite those efforts, those times were quite limited in expanding knowledge until those whom truly concerned, both the afford and the have not, were trying to expand learning "for the benefit of all", that science and art as more than a "fad" for the privileged class, but also for the masses whose thirst for reason, knowledge, requires further education and instruction to the ideas once limited to the so-called "payable".

And perhaps, their efforts lay continuous breakthroughs on various forms of achievement in the arts and sciences. Systems may have trying to block, if not dilute the flow of emancipating thought as it counters age-old norms and mores, and to think that newly-acquired knowledge, and a people driven by reason has enlightened others and "brought hope" to most, isn't it that trembling for the old order who's trying to keep a status quo of backwardness and ignorance? Science, so is art, is more than just series of crafts to stimulate the mind, but also to emancipate the body, or even the spirit from its "bondage" as shown by the various realisations of a once utopic dream. 
In fact, from the notes of Francis Bacon's "New Atlantis", or from Thomas More's "Utopia", both writers from the past wanted to see a society wherein through the sciences, lies knowledge and abundance be possible to all, and it is somehow remains possible, although there are still hindrances to its golden path even to these modern times. True that various scientific and technological, artistic advancements created various changes both for the individual and in the society, but to think that not all achievements are necessarily "sweet", what more in seeing others outrage, or even total apathy with alibis such as impractical nor unfeasible especially in countries whose people demand for development and a progressive form of change.

Admittingly speaking, seeing numerous achievements made in pursuit of human advancement in developed countries has brought "light" to the underdeveloped and those "under transition". Quite nice though to see people especially in these latter two societies enjoying the benefits of modern goods, and its wonders ranging from cellular phones, tablets, computers, flatscreen televisions, to wireless fidelity that made everyone wireless when it comes to have internet and gain information.
But to think that these underdeveloped and developing countries also demand development more than what the developed countries ought to offer them, thinking that of what are these gadgets and various forms of technological achievement, of modern culture if it has to be dictated by the elite, and by its foreign overlords? The latter two rather limit development, science to a mere handicraft stage while profiting on importing finished and exporting raw or semiprocessed material that can be produced domestically to benefit everyone needed, whilst Art and Culture was rather pegged to commercial interests, with its nature diluted and canned for consumption rather than to educate if not to emancipate people from its stagnation if not in its fullest form of ignorance?

Sorry to say, but today's order of things has less to do with freedom and more of exploitation, of restructuring the status quo than overhauling the entire system for community's development. And these affects the underdeveloped and the developing, whose unfair, unjust policies are directly being dictated by those whose interests stood first and be justified by a set of damn words be it "Development", "Progress", "Freedom." As Ernst Niekisch said:

"To be Western means: to use the word liberty to make fraud, to declare oneself a partisan of humanity to open the way for crime, to destroy peoples with an appeal for peace."

Sorry for being nostalgic with all the sketches and of the pictures that reflect those so-called "dreaming to become self-reliant" times, knowing that the society this writer belonged is those whose development remains slow amidst all the infrastructures the system afforded to take pride as such, that edifices of Glass and Steel dominated yet neglected the edifices where production actually being undertaken.

And although it seemed to be interesting to see flour silos in Pasig, the warehouses in Tondo, the Factories in Bicutan, Laguna, all assembling cars with foreign-sounding names, manufacturing semiprocessed stuff from various companies connected with those from abroad, producing flour from imported wheat or soap from domestic copra, how come there are people who really demand for Nationalist Industrialisation especially the need for steel, petrochemical, various forms of medium and heavy industry that are being neglected if not left in the papers as the system chose to skip in favour of what was, end even is, ordered by multinational or transnational interests?
Sorry but come to think of this, but those who are rich in resources and manpower are those whom are not being developed further as self-sufficient countries, having its own "industries" be just "facades" of so-called "development" being boasted by various interests yet not serious in stimulating production nor distributing its fruits to its needy constituents. Luisita Sugar manufactured for the masses? Cheap, Cavendish Bananas from the south? Textiles meant to meet demands of creating cheap yet classy clothes from the textile mills east to the south of Metropolitan Manila? Nope.

Anyways, in an era where knowledge, both tangible or not, remains invested by the few and yearned by the many, especially with its realisations, this person, and others concerned, is ought to say that as man and its society will continue to expand its horizons, and there will be unfathomable dimensions, in both time and space that are being opened to them.

And as mankind continue to march into the promised future, be it those of More's "Utopia", Bacon's "New Atlantis", St. John's "New Jerusalem", or from science fiction writers that continue creating somewhat "possibilities" of an idealised future such as people as dervishes trying to enjoy life be it on earth or in space, as shown by its "creative stuff" be it visual, written, or in a combination of both that appeals to one's vivid imagination, it seems that there are more wonders to come in a series of painstaking work, that somehow showed how humanity, as a craftsbeing (this writer's term) dealing in arts and sciences, and its influence on societal affairs be it in culture, communications, scholarship, and in dissemination of knowledge, has only begun to be felt regardless of all the breakthroughs which been done in life's history.
By the way, here's a quote from Francis Bacon's "The New Atlantis", and he said:

 "The end of our foundation is the knowledge of causes, and secret motions of things; and the enlarging of the bounds of human empire, to the effecting of all things possible".

Furthermore, this person has nothing to say but "All For the Future!"


This writeup, although based from reading a book entitled "The Scientist" from "LIFE SCIENCE LIBRARY", was also based after an answer from Karen Mae Testibia (a Ramp Model- Indie Actress- Textile Scientist) to a question done by yours truly:

"If given chance, what prize will you prefer?
The Oscars as best actress,
or the Nobel Prize for Literature,
if not for Peace, or even Chemistry?"

"The latter", as what Karen said. "But I would love to have both."