Nature-Sound-Art-and-the-Sacred-David-Dunn.pdf

Gregory Bateson has discussed an essential distinction between art and entertainment: while
entertainment is the food of depression, being easy to engage but lacking long term interest, art
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requires discipline to engage but leaves one richer in the end. In this time of ecological crisis we need
to embrace every tool we have to remind us of the sacred. Not only can aural and musical metaphors
provide us with a means to describe the world in ways that remind us of our physical connection to
the environment, but the physical act of using our aural sense, in contrast to entertainment, can
become a means to practice and engender integrative behavior

Casey Tang

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