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sush
11-22-2002, 11:08 AM
Issue:243

"The true value of a civilization is reflected in its artistic creations rather than in its scientific accomplishments."

Civilization refers to the advancement of the human race. The bone of contention of this issue is whether the true value of the civilization is reflected in its artistic creations or in its scientific accomplishments. However I believe that the true values of the civilizations are reflected by their scientific accomplishments than compared to their artistic creations.

All civilized societies have a track record of being well developed in various fears. In India, the Mohanjedaro and Harappa civilizations though existed in the past centuries had well developed towns with all civic amenities. The arts of work like that painting and the pottery were quite advanced in these civilizations. These civilizations could not have been achieved without the people's basic needs have been met. The true value of the civilization is based on the society achieving peace, stability and prosperity and there after pursuing artistic activities. Mohanjedaro and Harappa's artistic activities as available to us based on the archeological excavation have truly bought out the value of that civilization.

Artists and artistic creations thrive in a society which is free from terror and authoritarian controls. The members of the society are freed from daily chores and economic burdens which make artistic creations possible. Artists can flourish in a society that is economically well developed.

Poverty stricken and war stricken civilizations do not produce works of art. Such societies can be termed as backward societies which have a long run to go to reach that stage of development where art can find its expressions. Thus lack of artistic creations does not reflect the stage of the civilizations.

A society which is scientifically advanced can only ensure the economic and physical well being of the members of the society. Scientific accomplishments do not contribute to the artistic creations. However they can aid the creativity of the artist with the help of modern equipments. In today's Hi-tech or the so called E-age artists re also hooked to the scien:) artistic creations are compared to that of Medieval times, Victorian or Renaissance periods.

In sum, it would not be difficult to conclude that true value of the civilizations are reflected by their scientific accomplishments than compared to their artistic creations.

sush:)

Sri
11-22-2002, 08:26 PM
Sush, as I already pointed out, u might wanna post this in the GRE ISSUE forum rather than here, for others to help u!!!

HTH
-Sri.