The Beauty of Music

Some theological scholars believe that the Adamic language spoken in the Garden of Eden was musical in nature; the words recorded in Genesis between Adam and Eve are essentially poetry. One could also take this thinking a step further and assert that communication in Heaven is via song as well. While many would frame the Book of Revelation as science fiction, as written, it’s much more akin to a giant musical, complete with choir-driven numbers and solo acts.

Music is a near universal art and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who “doesn’t like music”. So what is it about music that so captivates human nature? I think it’s quite clear: music is the intersection of mathematics and the mind. The artful collision of objective truths (in the form of chord progressions, mathematical pattern, and vibrations through a medium) and subjective interpretation (emotional resonance, life circumstance, and personal preference) produces a form of expression that is simultaneously accessible and individual.

One of the great debates in 21st century philosophy (and indeed culture!) has been the dichotomy between absolute and relative truth. In the court of public opinion, music itself is Exhibit A that this dichotomy among modern philosophies may actually be a false one. We don’t have to choose between absolute truths and subjective truths: both can peacefully co-exist. There can be a universal reality that is locally (or personally) interpreted.

Where math meets mind is the truest expression of what it means to be human…dating as far back as human existence.

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