"... And there's not point in answering them, but if you do feel like doing so, you may choose to answer this e-mail"
So I did.
A while ago I opened an inbox of my personal account and realized I got an e-mail to which I immediately knew, I wanted to respond publicly.
If you know me from Instagram, I've probably noticed the "love letters" phase above the e-mails in my bio. Well, here's what I got:
"Love Letter, though the title doesn't really matter."
Tittle: Love Letter, though the tittle doesn't really matter.
From: Janet Wu
Hi Miss Dali,
I have some personal questions for you, if you don't mind, and there is not point in answering them, but if you do feel like doing so, you may choose to answer this email. There is no truth in the world, do you deny it? Or perhaps it's foolish to ask such a question, and what is in the value of beauty if all is fleeting, and all is to rot and turn into something ugly, deformed, defunct, yet what is there in beauty that sustains you? In truth, do you think Dali believed in beauty and what did he seek? Why must you travel, to find truth? Do you see truth in yourself, before you set your foot on new ground? Is it deflowering to discover the world is filled with dread and we are sufferers of one thing or another, and therefore there is no point in beauty? And why beauty in one thing and not beauty in another? Are you a slave to beauty and pleasure? Why design and interior design especially? Why not sculpture, painting, printmaking? Do you feel like a monster in making arbitrary choices like that? Being judge? Does the world render us orphaned children and left to cry in the night, at no one, and no one will hear us? Do you think about marriage when you travel? Or does such a concept bore you? There is pleasure in writing such a letter, yet there may be no pleasure in the receipt of it, or the reading of it, and yet, you seem to have all the answers, and why not, the world is an oyster, isn't it? All the things in their pleasure folds, I knew someone like you, and I wish I could, but there is no more. You will surprise me in replying.
I certainly don’t have all the answers and already referring to the first question, none of us do. However, it’s natural that we look for them and I’m here to share my point of view on some of the brought up subjects. At the first sight, the amount of posed questions is pretty overwhelming, but after digging slightly deeper I also see a lot of points coming from close fountainheads. By the way, I think that my "hobby philosopher" title was taken pretty seriously!
That's why we don’t wake up in the middle of the night, questioning if the water is truly wet.
You may say, it’s obvious that Earth isn’t flat, but technically, as long as you don’t fly to its orbit and see it yourself, you can't know it for sure. What you base your "truths" on, are in fact mostly beliefs.
Let's start with the fact that there isn’t a single thing that 100% of the population would collectively agree on. Even when it comes scientifically asserted things, there will always be a group of people believing in their own examination findings.
Our behaviors are conducted by scripts, which means they fall into patterns. Some kind of analytical selection, which increases or decreases the likelihood of certain things or accidents. And oh lord, do you even imagine how much time of your life it has already saved? It doesn’t mean you’re like a robot, but only explains why you don’t wake up in the middle of the night, questioning if the water is truly wet.
So I agree, there isn’t an objective truth, yet there are some things we don’t question because we consider them obvious. Is something seen as obvious the truth? It’s up to you.
The vast majority of the message was connected to the beauty subject. Very vague, undefined field. As it isn't only about visuals, even though it's in our nature that these aspects make us feel good as well, I associate beauty with pleasure. It isn't about pretty faces, which are often hard to describe. It might be about the objects that surround us, interiors we spend time in, conversations we have and the emotions they bring us.
You said that it's fleeting. Just like our feelings are, don’t you think so? Because as long as it concerns us, nothing is permanent. Nothing. But does it mean we should stop to make most of the temporary pleasures that it brings?
It might be about the objects that surround us, interiors we spend time in, conversations we have and the emotions they bring us.
Want to exchange some thoughts?
Lots of love, Dali