Forms of Self Expression Writing in Mesopotamia
The desire for people to express ourselves is a fascinating trait. It seems to be a unique part of our biological, chemical, and electrical nature.
Moreover, the ideas expressed through shared experiences from person to person begins to unveil the depths of our self-expression.
Throughout the ages human self-expression has existed in many forms.
Counting, naming, claiming, speaking beyond the here and now are notable ways writing is still used by only people to express ourselves in a shared experience.
Perspective And The Influence Of Self Expression
In the spirit of writing, where does the cultural and social responsibility rest the most demand to intently but not always intuitively govern knowing or unwittingly self expression.
Self-expression is rarely autonomous from the constraints presented by cultural perspective and social influence.
In a social context friendship for example is the formation of understanding from self-expression in a spirit of harmony.
It is reasonable to assert human beings have shared experiences since the beginning of time.
The Foundations Of Our Shared Experience
Ideas can be like skyscrapers of thoughts built upon the foundations of our experiences. Perspective is like a buzzing metropolis view
from a far, on the hillside.
The fact self-expression is so clearly visible is a demonstration of its existence to the individual able to recognize & identify what has been seen.
The casual relationship between ideas and experience in a civilization inspires individuals to think, feel, and express.
On Censorship And The Freedom Of Self Expression
Censorship is the antithesis to self-expression, yet it seems to be necessary. Inspiration is censored by the uninspired.
Interpretation is censored by conflicting perspective. Institutions and circumstances alike can censor human beings as well.
Too assert nothing should be censored is a rejection of the principles articulated by Plato as it relates to a civilization of individuals raised up towards the apex of virtuous conduct.
A strong tension emerges when freedom of expression no longer exists due to censorship from a powerful authority. That authority can be internal or external managed.
To defend the idea nothing should be censored is the thesis framing freedom of expression. Self-expression in art will not proclaim axiom over censorship.
This seems to be because the purpose of censorship in very basic terms is to eliminate what has been deemed impractical.
While taking adequate measures to reinforce the good.
The Virtues Of Censorship On Art And Self Expression
Censorship is most effective on youthful minds early in development. Eliminating access to what will mislead and do harm seems to be the primary objective.
It is not to do away with all art or self–expression, but to nurture the desired perspective of only the virtuous.
Clarity and logic are the reason for censorship to battle uncontrolled imagination that will inspire reckless behaviors.
For many years publishers and readers alike felt the poem Inferno by Dante Alighieri must be censored.
This was because the concepts introduced could be interpreted as harmful to the mind of man, woman, and child alike.
Dante’s vivid portrayals of the consequences of a life poorly lived are deceptively astute.
Censors acting as the arbitrators of virtue consider the mind to be fertile thus is should not be introduced to such self-expressions like in the Inferno.
Self Expression, Censorship, And Dangerous Disposition
Censors seem to believe a child’s imagination would foster thoughts of unimaginable terror. This would carry over into adolescents and so on into adulthood.
In the case of children this may be spot on. Give what we currently accept to be as true about how young minds develop.
If the censors described in the above paragraph are right then one should never read a poem like the Inferno in a civilization structured on the pursuit of the ideal good.
It was in Dante possession to inspire the good and not of the hideous and terrifying. In the ancient world Dante’s Inferno was considered to be self-expression of the most dangerous disposition.
This is because censors believed the writing would stir up confusion amongst its readers.
In reality the poem is a mere illusion of an imperfect representation of what it ideally aims to describe. The uninitiated young reader will believe Dante’s poem to be truth and not entertainment for pleasure purposes only.
With this in mind modern civilization has taken up the banner that require its poets to use their divinely inspired self expression to not mislead through reckless abandonment.