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Language and Art

[420] Special attention deserves our language. Lovingly one can say everything, but the choice of words should happen carefully - in particular on L and humans that we estimate. Concerning L, we may give ourselves as we are: not smaller and not bigger. We acknowledge zis infinity and superiority, also verbal. Even small inadvertences can hurt, consciously they are all the worse.

[421] We should make sure that we say, what we mean, and vice versa. We practise language care by extending our vocabulary and do not express ourselves, however, extraordinarily, but remain understandable. We should not ignore the beauty of the expression. Also not-hackneyed figures of speech can be very catchy. It is no dishonour to love zis mother tongue and zis fatherland.

[783] Aesthetics goes with effort: the art work requires the skill and dedication of the artist, its production the financing of the means used. The artistic statement has not to appeal to us, but we should discover it for ourselves. Empathy, our experience and that of others help us thereby. We should be able to set true art apart from bulk goods, as it can enrich our lives much.

[784] Pictures are able to mirror unique moods; music is able to put us in such. Architecture can convey us augustness and freedom from danger and further moods, its functionality contribute to our well being. Jewellery can delight our eyes and influence our value - depending on the liking. Artistic three-dimensional objects can show us an own point of view.

[785] Computer art can convey us experiences that we can gain nowhere else: projections of higher dimensional worlds and virtual spaces open up undreamt-of possibilities. But art needs the distance: we can and shall not merge completely with it, since we must remain part of the reality. We can ourselves be a work of art. Any statement can be artistically represented with variations. L loves art.

[786] Drama and dance bring life closer to us: how it is and how it could be. The culinary art can pamper us. Art can give therapy to us: We can express ourselves in art and therapists can tell us what it means and how our further way should be. Certain experiences are to be gained solely in the art: it is an important element in our development.

[787] Who cannot or does not want to act artistically, does well to experience art at least. Art can be accomplished even solely with the means of the body, simple aids can create already magnificent. Art is part of the general knowledge: nobody should duck out of it. There is art in all worlds, because beauty is one of the five divine characteristics. Art can make happy.

[788] Art can bring content into the right form. Each word wants, in principle, to be properly chosen and obtains in the context of art an abundance of statements. The form can reenforce the effect: We can experience intense emotions through art. It can affect us more and mean more to us than some reality. Art is not to assume away from life, even if our basic needs rate higher.

[1861] Ideally, the divinity of L can be found in the art. But the art that does not know to capture it is welcome in the religion of love, if it manages to blaze the trail to it. Here is less decisive how the art is designed in detail. If it meets the set goals and purposes - compatible with the religion of love - it is sufficient. But it can also stand for itself.

[1862] A certain level is indispensable for art in the religion of love, since it shall raise the recipient towards L. However, this applies only relatively, since not everybody who wants to act artistically can satisfy higher standards. It is therefore to develop an appropriate sense for when something can be considered as art for the religion of love. To apply no standard would mean to misunderstand art.

[1863] Art may criticise, but must not hurt the religious feelings, or other existing generally accepted standards beyond an acceptable extent. This is particularly true with respect to other religions. The extent is here to determine anew for every situation and time, since it cannot be set absolute, but is subject to change. Ultimately, after L, the recipients decide what may be deemed acceptable.

[1864] Although it is not as essential as science, art is to attach high value, since it is expressible by it what scientifically formulated would not have the right form to have an optimal effect. While science is primarily intellectual matter, art appeals totally, if it does achieve what it can do without demanding totally like L. One has to be aware of this, if one uses it as a medium.

[1865] The most powerful and enduring effect on a creature evokes L, since here zis greatness is optimally and individually brought into action. Art can take advantage of this by passing from the general to the individual effect by involving information of the recipient. This effect must remain within certain, precisely defined limits, if it is not supposed to be unfavourable for the recipient.

[1866] Since art does not count among the basic needs, it is compared to them of subordinate importance. Are they covered, the religion of love furthers also the art according to their possibilities and needs. The adherents of the religion of love, and particularly its priests should sufficiently and appropriately consider the concerns of art to satisfy our culture and the principle of diversity.

[1867] In the institutions and premises of the religion of love, artworks should be to experience in L-pleasing execution in an appropriate extent. They should be chosen, procured and presented, in a dignified setting, by the directions of the institutions, in agreement with the users of the institutions. The artists are appropriately to reward from the available budget, if they wish so.

[1868] It is to pay attention that the artistical claim is sufficiently served, within the realms of possibility, by appropriate arrangements. Thus, art should reach particularly its addressed audience as well. For this purpose, it is to call attention to the presentation, in a suitable position, at the given time, within the due extent. In any case, appreciation should be granted to the artist for zis artistical performance.

[1869] Special attention in the choice must be paid to the art that can be permanently experienced, since a faux pas here can leave a lasting effect and can rub off negatively on the religion of love and hence on L. If such is recognised appropriate countermeasures are immediately to initiate to remedy and possibly to make up for it. Preparations are to be made that hamper such faux pas or at least make them difficult.

[1870] In its simplest form and in cases of doubt, a counter-check by authorization from a higher authority is sufficient. In the event of damage, the legal process is to comply with or a clarifying conversation with the person(s) responsible is to carry on. The respective superiors decide on any (disciplinary) consequences. Here, all parties should be able to save face and the whole thing should not be overstated.

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