PHILOSOPHICAL GARDEN
HAPPINESS AND TRUTH
Talk abstracts of dialogue with Nikita Shalenny and Demyan Om
Nikita Shalenny is not just an artist who works in the genres of painting, video, photography, installation. He directs all his energy to the study of man, to the image of him in the focus of his works. It would seem that man as a resident of the planet Earth has been studied for a long time. But throughout the history of mankind, this study still does not stop.

What attracts attention so much in the phenomenon of "man", inspiring to return to its study again and again, was discussed by Nikita Shalenny and the Philosophical Garden author, and the Cultural Hub President Demyan Om.
Evolution of humans

People are a kind of mass in which a huge amount prevails over quality. A person constantly explores himself: when he reads books, watches movies, or observes the course of life.


What do we see? Evolution consists of two polar points of view. On the one hand, yes, a person is certainly developing. On the other hand, there is a lot of constant in us, as it was, say, in the Middle Ages. In other words, some attitudes and habits have changed shape, but have retained their medieval content.


There is an opinion that people are the same animals. We are more developed, socially adapted, technologically advanced, but we still remain representatives of the animal world.


Thus, man is a being who got out of the captivity of the animal nature, and was able to move into the world called "humanity and humanism". A strong personality is a person who has ceased to relate to the general mass, and has reached the level of quality.



The opinion of the masses is often false. The crowd is guided by average concepts and views, in which there is quite a lot of stupidity. It manifests itself, for example, by a lack of empathy and attention to others, ignoring the interests of others. It is always easier for a representative of the crowd to join the majority and not defend the singles. Such a person will not defend the truth.


Speaking of the truth, it is worth noting that many philosophers have been looking for an answer to the question: what is it, by what signs can it be determined? Is it worth doing it at all?
About happiness


Happiness is a concept from the same field as truth. They also think about it a lot and try to understand: what is it?


There is an opinion that the happier a person is now, the more unhappy he will be later. Deep living of this state creates too noticeable contrast with the ordinary. This triggers the pendulum effect.


It happens differently: you did your job very well, realized, and then you experience the aftertaste for some time. Also a kind of happiness.
About business


There is an interesting observation. If you ask a businessman if he is happy, you can often hear the answer: "Not really." But people of art often answer in the affirmative.


This may be due to the fact that the latter are aware of what the purpose of their activities is, they can designate their place and mission in life. As for business people, they are mostly alien to self-reflection. Therefore, they understand their feelings noticeably worse.


Any person who has an occupation to his liking is already realized in a certain sense. He just can't be unhappy.


However, in order to recognize the state of satisfaction, you need to be able to look inside yourself and study what you see. It is necessary to contemplate. And this is the lot of philosophy.
About philosophy


Perhaps if philosophy is taught in business schools, the development of the ability to contemplate oneself and the world will move from a dead point.


This will also affect the level of ethics in a rather unscrupulous Ukrainian business. Today he works under the slogan: "business is business," which literally means: "I can do anything."


In Ukraine, there is a problem of lack of ethics of doing business and unprincipled behavior in entrepreneurship. It so happened that most representatives of the business community have been in the "game" for more than ten or twenty years and, noticeably influencing society, demoralize it.


This is obviously a dead end. After all, the task of every businessman is to learn how to work for the long term.


The skill of spending the result, and with it the pleasure from it, distinguishes a person who creates from a person who consumes. So we come back to the question: who is this person, and how much has he evolved since the Middle Ages?
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