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Our world is based around the human condition and science. Without scientific proof, we tend
to fail to believe certain concepts which makes truth, surprisingly, difficult to define because it always
falls prey to the question, “is it true?” But in its literal sense, it is based off from what depicts reality.
The challenge is that our view of truth is so much narrowly tied to our perspective on what is true
that we tend to find ways to reason out our own perceptions of the things around us making it true
in form and yet false for other people.
Pablo Picasso’s statement greatly tells us the nature of art and its massive role in our society.
Its conventional definition is stated as “the expression or application of human creative skill and
imagination, typically in a visual form, such as painting or sculpture, and other branches of activity,
such as music, literature and dance, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or
emotional power” (Oxford Dictionary). This definition leaves us to choose from the many forms of
how one can express himself, and be understood by the society.
Let us take Literature into account. When we talk about literature, it automatically takes us
into a different world that is completely different from what we have now but still entails us a story
that is true. Even when the novels are fictional in form, they still give us a hint of events that actually
occur in our world. For instance: George Orwell’s novel “Animal Farm” when taken literally is a
fictional book but behind the story’s plot of talking animals is an allegorical book that reflects events
leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Fictional in its
literal sence and yet gives us a view on social and political issues. Another example of this is Harper
Lee’s “How to kill a mockingbird” which also talks about rape and racial inequality. Literature uses
figures of speech which would often times divert the readers minds from the actual truth of the story.
Metahpors are a good example of this because, for me, metaphors tells us half truths and half lies
which is hard to understand unless you yourself have experienced it. Even in nonfictional books the
truth is also manipulated because some parts would be overly exagerated to feed the minds of the
Furthermore, this can also be applied when it comes to music. It is an effective way of
spreading the truth (or even lies). The melody of a song can hinder a person from understanding its
message. Thus, one must analyze first the lyrics. An example of this is the song “Spolarium” by
Eraserheads which is popular because of its beats that even up to now is still being played. But the
story behind it points to the sensational 1980s rape case that links Philippine Senator Vicente “Tito”
Sotto to the alleged rape of 1980’s starlet Pepsi Paloma. A certain piece of art can never really give us
the whole truth or the whole story because the maker of it only gives us a hint but it doesn’t mean
that we are limited to what they want us to see. Art enables the audience to reconsider reality, taking
the second look at the work, and beginning to see things in a different perspective/light, as the author
intended it to be.
When you mix truth with the aesthetic beauty and multi perspective of art, it may seem hard
to see it unless you actually place yourself pass through the objects that deceives you. Art is deceiving
and inclusive. Because art can be anything we want it to be, be about anything we want it to be, and
be done for and by anyone. We as the audience have a task to see beyond the lines and hues that
hinders us from seeing the truth. And upon seeing it, we hold an even bigger task of being carriers of
this truth in hopes of being able to change our society.