Posted by: Aneesh Lohani

Verity stands melancholy, engulfed by oblivion
Perturbed by the practices of worldly apathy
The implements of materialism dictates existence
Reality befits a contorted ideology

Fundamentalism plays its ugly machinations
Deterring holistic integrity
Humanity advances to the spirit of modernization
Ignorance: the human epitome

Religious and racial bias thwarts eclecticism
Positivism taints spiritual profundity
All the great ones cosmically misconstrued
Humanity traverses a simplified odyssey

Simple minds fantasize utopianism
Manifest it through worldly vision
Take its course on an erroneous mision
With no apparent acquisition

Into the reserves of antient esoteric domain
Lies the book of guiding revelation
Bequeathed the scriptures of wanton lies
Affecting conventional civilization

Projected religion bestows virile identity
Humankind exclusively ramified
All branches exalt themselves transcendent
Segregation institutionalized

Worldly perception molds every conception
Domain of consciousness politicized
Proclivities for opulence and preeminence ubiquitous
Human limitations exemplified

Simple minds fantasize utopianism
Manifest it through worldly vision
Take its course on an erroneous mision
With no apparent acquisition

This is just one way of looking at things. It is healthy to hold an open-minded view.

Malpractice was last modified: September 12th, 2007 by Aneesh Lohani

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  1. Aneesh Lohani Post author

    What you said about hues and chromatic scale is irrelevant. The point is artists know more about their work than those who try interpreting them. Some get close, but those who have preconceived notions don’t. Besides, a good artist can use all available hues and still produce a great work. You don’t make the rules. Untrained eyes or ears cannot comprehend art, regardless of whether two colors are used or a dozen. Some will argue that Picasso – who used cubism – spoiled art. I personally prefer still life in 3-dimension and surreal forms. If I were to be subjective, I’d say cubism is crap. But, I won’t do that, because the world is plural – involving all kinds of people with varied experiences, upbringings, exposures, interests, likes, dislikes, trainings, etc.

    Others argue that modern art creates new avenues. To the untrained eye, modern art or jazz performed with melodic minor variations appear crap. Music is appreciated because of the musician’s adroitness in manouvering scales. The average music lover doesn’t know scales, but he/she feels it – that is how art is communicated – via allusions of forms.

    You’re reaction is, although, appreciated. I’ll explain the meaning of the poem below, though:

    First para:

    This is simple. Truth is lost from the world, because nobody cares. We all live material lives – we please our bodies, libido, tastes and mimic vogue to be accepted in a pack, but fail to know our innerselves.

    Second para:

    Fundamentalism is strict adherence or maintanance of a given belief or doctrine or actions. We see that in Islamic fundamentalism, cold war mentality, americanization and host of other things. I used this word here to point out the limitations of our thinking. For, fundamentalism and its schemes makes us unaware of the big picture. We then pride ourselves with modernization while the world is polarized between the poor half and the rich half. The world today is problematic because of our ignorance, according to the poem.

    Third para:

    Racial and religious bias doesn’t need explaining – it is everywhere. It shows itself in the statments pouring from various heads of state over a tiny (yet significant) incident at Virginia Tech, while the gaur incident and the African plight do not receive the same attention. Positivism is a belief (Agusto Comte) that what is positively and scientifically agreeable is true and all else – including metaphysics, morality, etc – are irrelevant. This belief only makes us value the I (humanism), but doesn’t make us know the I. Wise men and women of all ages have advised to know thyself. Their views have been misinterpreted. All this leads to human ignorance according to the poem.

    Fourth Para:

    Yet, people want salvation and pursue it with material means. The path doesn’t get them anywhere, except create more problems for them.

    Fifth Para:

    Into the reserves of ancient esoteric domain (the ancient religious scriptures in bibles, gitas, kurans, etc are not clearly fathomable). But, they are there to guide us. But, some of that which is handed down are misinterpreted. Example – Islamic fundamentalist’s obsession with ‘Jihad’, obsession with monotheism, a super power held bent on personally designing the world, etc.

    Sixth para:

    People tend to identify with religion and race and categorize their friends and foes accordingly. The American interest in the Gulf is one of estrangement to the Muslim system of belief, and their obsession with their own model. Result – ongoing ethnic cleansing in Gaza, multiple problems in the world. There are wars because all see themselves above the other. Then, we agree to disagree, we discriminate. We also learn to discriminate becuase of images, vissions, stories and stereotypes developed during childhood. The true democracy – of having no ego, grudges, hatred, ignorance, discrimination, prejudice, jealosy, greed, etc is, therefore, not possible. It is a mere utopia, but poetry is open to all kinds of thoughts. I don’t believe in Utopia, personally, by the way.

    Seventh para:

    Already explained

    Eight para:

    People learn to judge the world based on their subjective outlook. We know hunger, we know jealosy, we know how to covet, we know those things we can’t have. But, we do not know what we already have, nor can appreciate them. Why is our consciousness politicized? Because, we all look to our own interests. A family looks to its interests, a community looks to its interests, so does a society. That culminates to a nation, then allies and then super powers that tend to design the world on their principles leaving others to suffer (nothing wrong with that, by the way). Poetry is open to all kinds of thoughts – gives us the faculty to imagine and question. This politicized activity is aimed at one simple thing – economic betterment. Everyone wants to be rich, to have, to dream, to lavish, to indulge as debauch. At the other end, resources are limited. Not everyone can have it. But, why can’t an intelligent life form figure out a way to coexist with minimum levels of satisfaction. Because human limitations don’t allow us to do that.

    Night para:

    Already explained.

    As you can see, poetry is sometimes allusion, or crap. It is garbled, recondite and eclectic. Does involve a lot of ideas, doesn’t it. But, I have nothing against your rection. Let us leave it at that.

    Humanism: a theory that all materialistic human motives: want, need, emotional security, richness, satisfaction, consumption, etc are essential truths and the way humanity should function. This belief is, however, the best way to manage the modern world. As an example, instead of expecting humans to be saints, we try to provide incentives, such as, high paying jobs to avoid corruption and increase productivity.

  2. anti_GRE

    Usage of all available hues and tones does not necessarily create a good art piece.
    Just shades of ash can keep Picasso alive. We love Pachelbel’s Canon but not because it uses chromatic scale.
    I believe in simplicity. Things can be abstract and still be simple.
    Kudos to your vocab. I know, for an artist, every creation is like their own child.
    But if you agree ur work is Garbled Recondite and Eclectic at the same time, it translates to ‘crap’ for me.

  3. Aneesh Lohani Post author

    YOu’re right, actually. It is nondescript (not written on any particular subject. You chose garbled, agreed.). It is also recondite (it’s abstract, afterall and also abstruce). And, it is also eclectic (involves a plethora of ideas not superficially apparent. May not be fathomable either). But, forgive me if I don’t agree to the ‘crap’ branding of this work, for I wrote that with a clear purpose in mind. In short, the poem is what a prehistoric Satya-yug Saint would have said. Mind you, I’m not claiming to be one.

    Unfortunately, not all of us are obsessed with or against GRE. Furthermore, an artist doesn’t paint so that Harry next door can understand, appreciate and praise the work; a musician doesn’t compose music so that he/she turns famous, rich and powerful (except for commercial music that turns image into profitable enterprises accompanied by beats and rhythms); a writer does not necessarily write to reherse for GRE or to impress its critics. For, they are all artists who view the world from a different perspective (not necessarily accurate or false). Together with others, they make society fibrant. Somehow, I think one of the ironies in Nepal – making SLC easy so that all can pass – will put things into perspective.

    Thank you for your comment, though. Just keep in mind that all those who use words tested in the GRE are not necessarily preparing for one.

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