Images and sounds configure memory – foundation of experiences, storehouse of values and principles that sustain life; articulate the connections that configure the ethical-moral fabric indispensable in the exercise of citizenship. With images and sounds the world is made and remade, recomposes itself and, unfortunately, also deteriorates. Particularly, contemporaneitynarrows between the binaries of the images and sounds of each day. The specialized sciences and their researchers warn about the losses and risks caused by the way of relating to the images and sounds of everyday life – which sustain or shake experiences. An interesting singularity in the complex scope of images is the eagerness to produce photos. It is observed that the technological ease makes everyone a photographer. Many position themselves behind the camera to record certain moments. And when they dedicate themselves to capturing the photo, they lose the essence of the important record to be made by memory, fundamental to subsidize determinant experiences.
It is necessary to analyze and calculate the losses when there is no experience and, consequently, one stops apprehending images in the brain synapses, as the task of photographing is prioritized . With a focus on the camera, the look may not make the experiential turn that causes new understandings, with an impact on emotions, capable of qualifying human relationships. When seeking only to photograph, the human being makes records, but risks losing the opportunity to live important experiences. And the losses, of course, are many, because the deprivation of contemplative competence, indispensable to any process of constituting interiority, leads to loss of quality of life.
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With images and sounds the world is made and remade
The rich and complex web of images each day requires contemplation. Otherwise, life starts to be lived “outside”, without inner foundations, which constitutes the suicidal risk of disconnection with reality – certainly, one of the reasons for the growth of indices on the abandonment of living. Another consequence is the primacy of a certain superficiality, when a solid human aptitude is even more necessary to deal with the many contemporary challenges. Contemplation is, therefore, indispensable in order to achieve the riches brought by the images of each day.
It is necessary to learn to contemplate so that the incalculable images of each day, in the many scenarios that make up the journey of humanity, unfold in wisdom of life, in the competence for discernments and in the production of the meaning that feeds life. The educational and broad horizon of integral ecology, with indications for the civilized treatment of the Common House, includes the orientation to recognize Creation in the singular beauty of nature – the development of a contemplative look. It is an opportunity to qualify in the art that produces meaning to love and live. Learning to deal with sounds – listening to and producing them – is also part of the dynamics of this contemplation. Of concern is the pathological production of noises that certainly hide, or at least disguise, anxieties and anxieties. They generate certain illusions,
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The contemporary world is the stage for many sounds that are actually noises, cause disturbance and are signs of little civility. These noises often hinder the encounter of truths that are revealed only in the indispensable silence for the exercise of listening. Humility in personal and family assessment, also in life in society, makes it possible to calculate the compromises resulting from mistakes in the ways of dealing with images and sounds. Seeing a lot and seeing little, living with noise pollution and being unable to listen are consequences.
This inadequate relationship with sounds and images contributes to consolidating indifference in the face of serious situations, such as scenarios in which people squander goods, have too much, and even so they get sick, while so many others, injured in their dignity, live on crumbs. The inability to deal with images and sounds helps to perpetuate social injustices and inequalities . For all these reasons, it is worth investing in the learning of contemplation, an important path in human, spiritual and citizen qualification.