“I like to see the difference between good and evil as kind of like the foul line at a baseball game. It’s very thin, it’s made of something very flimsy like lime, and if you cross it, it really starts to blur where fair becomes foul and foul becomes fair.”– Harlan Coben
This is a watercolour painting called “Romantic Tree” by an artist whose profile names are Ireart or Dimdi. Her first name is Irene, and she is and Italian artist, but there isn’t much other information available on her.
I understand that this painting looks really simple- I mean, it’s a tree– but the effect that watercolour produces is the blurring of the aspects of the image. Looking at it, there are very few sharp, clear edges, and all of the colours bleed into each other. It isn’t only this image that has these characteristics; all watercolour images do this because of the medium they are created with. If you’ve read any of my other posts, you have probably realized that I don’t actually discuss the artworks, but instead use them to introduce my particular philosophical, moral, etc. points. Obviously, that is what is going to happen here, so I should just go ahead and get on with it.
It’s cliche to say that things in life aren’t strictly black and white, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t the truth. Nothing in life is black and white. We live in a world that is just one big grey area. It doesn’t bother me if someone wants to claim that there are people who are totally and completely good or evil, but that is a mater of opinion, and I will have to disagree with that particular one. Each and every person has ulterior motives behind their actions, and all people are doing the right thing in their own minds. Why else would there be conflicts, disagreements, and wars?
In reality, I am both an idealist and a realist. I want everyone to be kind and loving and get along all the time, making the world a happy, peaceful place, but at the same time I realize that this is highly improbable. It’s impossible really, because no person is that good. There is always someone who will be at odds with the other members of society or act for selfish reasons, and that person is all of us at one point or another, some people more often than others. Humans are not selfless creatures, so why should we pretend they are. I see this view of the world as realism, but it could just be cynicism, but I am not yet so cynical that I have become a pessimist. I do think that there is good in people, in all people. It could be something as simple as giving a dollar to a homeless person, but even an action as small and simple as that is still an act of kindness and shows that there is some part of the person that is caring. Think about the Nazis- they committed terrible atrocities to support their own sense of superiority, but at the same time they did it with the belief that they were protecting their families and their friends and making their land safer. Society doesn’t believe they were correct in their thoughts, but the individuals probably thought they were doing the right thing for the most part.
Like the arguments you would have with your parents about some particular thing that you had done, everyone believes that the other is in the wrong and that they themselves know what is correct. You believe that you were right to do what you had, but your parents believed that they were right to scold you. Even simple events like those are filled with grey areas.
P.S. “Funny the Way It Is” by Dave Matthews Band= The video is a bit odd, and the song isn’t directly related to the post, but parts of the lyrics could be. I realize that I called this my week nine post but never did a week eight one. This is because last week was spring break and was incorrect in my assumption that I didn’t need to do a post. So, instead of writing a post last week I just laid around at home sleeping. Sorry, guys. I will put up a week eight post, but it will awkwardly be after this one.