It takes many years of effort to make even one small flower. by Paul Cézanne
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If you look at what I've listed, it starts with the best in the world, but it's listed as the best in the world that doesn't have to be.
Buried in a life that is shown like Instagram or SNS, we sometimes get lost.
We are accustomed to the most splendid and most wonderful things, illusioning that what is shown is everything.
And we always want to set a new record, and there are many times when we push ourselves like that.
But just how useful were these records?
If you obsess over numbers, prize money, or visible records, you might get noticed and famous. After getting attention and attracting people like that, what do you do next? It may seem like a somewhat futile question, but it would be very desirable if these new records were made by one individual's steady efforts and small habits in daily life. However, if you are obsessed with the results you see and forget the essence of what you do, you will quickly get tired. In other words, when we devote ourselves to small things and gain sparkling joy in them, we can find the source of joy that constantly springs up within ourselves as if we were meditating. Cults who exploit this aspiration seem to be in vogue because they want and desire this visible, shiny and quick prescription.
Recently, I briefly watched “I am God,” a documentary about a pseudo-religion made in Korea. When I lived in Korea, there were many Bible clubs like this in every university. As introduced in the documentary, it was a time of political turmoil and conflict at the time. Many young people often turned to religion as a refuge to confront the dictatorship or adapt to the reality. Taking advantage of these young people's desire to receive justice and comfort, various cults were hiding everywhere and targeting them. In particular, in Korean society, where groups are considered more important than individuals, and group goals and harmony are considered a virtue, I think the activities of these cults are sometimes justified, praised, and supported. So it's even more dangerous. Even if someone raises the question of what is clearly wrong, the individual's opinion is dismissed for a number of reasons. Individual damage is often buried in group interests for many reasons, such as the other person being older, more powerful, with a better social image, or being able to give more benefits.
And in conclusion, in order not to be harmed by heresy, I think that the legal punishment for cult leaders should be applied more strictly and thoroughly. In particular, in the case of Korean society, there is a tendency to be tolerant of the criminal behavior of these cult leaders. Therefore, the number of such victims is increasing and the degree of damage is also very serious.
I found myself a lot while painting. While drawing, I constantly talked to myself, looked back at myself, and thought about myself. And the painting made me realize how conscious of the outside world, encroached upon, noticed, and feared, lived my life. It seems that it helped me to go beyond the time when I was obviously in error. Heretics make individuals very busy. It keeps individuals busy within the schedule of the collective church. This is to block out individual subjective thoughts. Even if they are not heretics, people with venomous personalities such as energy vampires also make these targets very busy after choosing a target for exploitation. Victims are exploited through a myriad of mental manipulations, such as emotionally threatening them or making them sympathetic. Heresy, the world, and individuals make the world a difficult place to live. What must we do to live with the right mind and beautiful heart in this world? Even if you go to church with this question, you will be taken advantage of by the group called the church. I'd rather recommend setting the table well and painting at home. First of all, they think that they can meet God only when they look inside themselves. How can we hear the voice of the invisible God when we can't even hear the voice inside us? People who have become empty, unable to hear the voice of the inside or the invisible god, will hear the absurd and absurd pseudonymous voice.
Paul Cézanne, one of my favorite painters, also thought that the beauty of matter was determined from within, so he painted the same place for 35 years to find that essence. And then eventually he figured out the essence himself and was able to get closer to it. It wasn't good art colleges, famous teachers, expensive materials and good studios that made him pursue true art. Could it be that his sincere childlike approach to art and his pure heart that truly loved art enabled him to discover the essence of art in the end? Looking at his life, he was told that he was only painting at the age of 56. But even after that, he had to spend the rest of his life searching for the essence.
In the end, I think religion is like this. Its essence is not in a famous pastor, a fancy church, or a flashy speech. In order to approach the essence, how much do we agonize inside ourselves where others cannot see, refresh our minds purely, explore, ponder, and advance? I think Cézanne's attitude is a necessary virtue in this era when we are focused only on looking dazzling. In that sense, I respect Cézanne very much and try to follow his path.
Myungja Anna Koh