what a headline right?!? Lets see now how to make sense of it…
during the last pitti in florence I was having breakfast in my favourite bar (gilli) and I started having an argument (quite heated!) with a florentine lawyer I met there on the spot. basically the theme of the matter was that he stated that to judge something, anything, it was only necessary to like it, while I was more for the argument that in order to judge, and to like, anything, it is important to have the culture and knowledge to be able to first understand.
the bizarre lawyer (because, I must say, he was quite bizarre, if only to engage in a fierce argument with a stranger..) was adamant: if you like a wine, a novel, a painting, a photograph, a song.. its more than enough. each one of us is the judge of oneself and if he is happy everyone is happy. you like it? ok!
I was equally adamant: I was and continue to be convinced that without an adequate knowledge of a topic what inevitably happens is that you will appreciate the simplest, most useless, most understandable and in the end inevitably the ugliest.
obviously everyone remained with their own opinion, we offered each other breakfast and we said goodbye.
we move from florence to milan, to the (excellent!) pizzeria we we usually go to after the cinema. in this pizzeria there are some posters hung on the wall with photographs. to be correct I removed the authors, but here they are:
in short, the usual banal useless and taken for granted photographs of some panoramic shot on a tripod, long exposure and HDR. excuse me, I am going to say it in my usual polite manner: its so crap!
obviously they can be liked but for anyone who knows and studies seriously photography it is obvious what they are: nothing.
fact is that if ever I had gone to the kind owner of the pizzeria and told her that these photographs were ugly I am sure she would have looked at me as if I was crazy. I am sure of it. “ugly?!? but they are wonderful!” she would have replied, I am sure.
in short, I am increasingly convinced, in spite of the bizarre florentine lawyer, it is essential to know and understand in order to appreciate: otherwise inevitably, once again, we appreciate the crap.
here, however, there is a problem: a sort of “elitism”, a sharp line between what is simple/comprehensible/popular/bad and what is complex/complicated/cultured/beautiful.
there is a risk that only a few know and understand, and many that don’t know and don’t understand. good. actually, bad.
and here come into play ELIO E LE STORIE TESE and the CATHOLIC CHURCH: the solution (veeeeery hard, not an easy task!) is to send simple messages that everyone understands packaged in simple containers that everyone understands, but that magically hide another level of understanding which is complex and deep.
most tracks by EELST talk about serious issues which are musically well refined and appeals to everyone (a few idiots cannot comprehend even their simplicity, but lets leave the irreparable chumps).
the parables of the CC are very simple stories but hide obviously a very deep level of reading on which any theologian can discuss for hours.
in short, in the end is think the solution is to be able to convey deep things through simple tools: a goal we should all have but that is extremely complicated to be able to accomplish.
(exactly, not simple, I might have written two simple phrases, not the whole preposterous tell-off! )