23 July 2010

Uncertainty, Rejection and Art


Today, I have been reading some interesting articles about uncertainty and rejection. These are topics I have sometimes explored in my blogs, mainly because they are such important and inevitable aspects of human life.


Do you experience uncertainty and rejection with fear and trepidation, or do you experience them as an exciting challenge and intrepid adventure? Perhaps, like many people, your responses to uncertainty and rejection fit somewhere between the two extremes.

The first picture here today is by Titian. It depicts Ariadne and Bacchus (Dionysus). If you know something of this mythology, you will be aware that poor Ariadne was earlier abandoned by the ungrateful youth Theseus after she helped him to destroy the Minotaur.


Titian came from a small town in the Veneto region of Italy, not far from the villages where my husband's mother's family originated. I find that when I explore many biographies, whether of famous artists and musicians or of those of more humble accomplishments, people's journeys through rejection and uncertainty are worth reflecting upon.

Stories from art and mythology often explore ideas of rejection and uncertainty, or at least allude to them, as this second picture by Titian, Allegory of Prudence, suggests.

In your own life, in the real, physical world and online, you may have experienced a great deal of rejection and/or uncertainty over the years. This is, as any wise and prudent person would be aware, just part of a normal life. It is especially important to recognise this in our relationships with others, and especially in the political world.

You may know that in Australia at present, we are having a federal election campaign. Politicians and bureaucrats have often tried to control the way information about their activities reaches the public. The editorial process of the media has also been a barrier to knowledge and information until quite recently.

There are more and more voices clamouring to be heard online, and in the world at large. Perhaps you wish that your ideas, your artworks, and your desires receive more notice than they do. But how should we deal with the added uncertainty of more and more "noise" drowning out the voices that should be heard above the din of chatter?

Here are the two articles I have been reading today (the links above are to Wikipedia pages):

The rejection gene
MIT Entrepreneurship Review

Governments must embrace online uncertainty
GovernmentNews.com.au

If you are interested in more of my own ideas on the topics of rejection and uncertainty, here are some links to a few of my earlier blog posts:

The Inner World

Excursions to Scientia

Remembering Icarus

Love, Loss, Life and Nostalgia


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