I recently visited the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA), and visited the exhibit on display, Metropolis 2.
As we all huddled around this large, noisy exhibit; I listened to everyone’s analysis of this piece of contemporary art. I heard adults saying they liked it, struggling to find the meaning behind it. Some said it was too noisy and left.
I’m sure we could contrive all sorts of meanings from this piece of art. Could it be a representation of our noisy, busy lives here in Los Angeles? Yes. Could it show the mindless business that we all subject ourselves to, day in and day out? Definitely.
However, out of all the reactions, I saw, these were the ones I appreciated the most:
I love observing these kids. They have no need to analyze this piece of art and find meaning. They haven’t reached the age yet where everything in this life needs to apply to them.
I think so often we try to find significance in this world by relating everything to us. Everything suddenly revolves around us, and we have a need to find the meaning and purpose it holds for us. BUT.. What if… the significance of life is our immeasurable insignificance? What if we don’t need to analyze, what if we can’t figure it out? What if we need to just need to stop and wonder.
Stop and wonder at something so much bigger than us. Stand in awe and enjoyment of the creation around us–the creation that points to an obvious creator. We were created to enjoy life, to marvel, to worship.
We are all looking for purpose and meaning. It’s part of the reason that we’re drawn to literature and art. We want to find our purpose in this life. But while we’re searching, let’s not forget that we are part of something so much bigger than us.
Let’s not forget that the same Creator who created us, created this:
And in light of this breathtaking beauty, let’s marvel. Let’s rejoice in our insignificance.
And in this, we find our purpose: We were made to wonder at art… and we were made to worship the most magnificent Artist of them all.
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