Everyone has flaws in mind. Art will help heal those injuries, thereby making us more complete, from within ourselves.
Strengthen your memory
Human memory is not perfect, so it is understandable that the fear of forgetting is one of the sources of trouble in humans. We easily forget about specific details about people, places, buildings, parks, but we fear that when we combine those details together, we can forget a part of who we are. But Armstrong and de Botton comfort us that a great artist is also someone who knows the right choice of what to convey in a work and what should be removed. It is like being able to remember only the most important things.
Our contradictory relationship with beauty represents a particular paradox. Popular works often have a popular beauty, but academic critics see them as decadent products of taste and wisdom. Things that look good often imply that they are being viewed overly simplified as if you wanted the world to be brighter, you just had to add a little flowers. That innocence and simplicity distracts us from our efforts to change. In addition, limits are always afraid that good-looking things will make us lose their guard against injustices around us.
Recognize your sadness
Apart from positive emotions, art also reminds us of sadness which is a vitally important part of life. Above all, as de Botton and Armstrong argue, art makes us feel less lonely in our own suffering; Our own sorrows will be portrayed as iconic images by other individuals in society.
This function of art also helps explain the diversity of our tastes. Since each individual is imbalanced in a different way, people also look to different works of art to ease their state of mind.
We don’t feel ourselves clearly. We have intuitions, doubts, premonitions, vague thoughts, and oddly mixed emotions, all of which cannot be briefly and transparently defined. We have many moods, but we have never really understood them. And then, sometimes, we come across works of art that seem to touch something we have never felt in detail.