Madame Guyon’s Musings on Design


I’d like to know the meaning of this mosiac design that is in a prominent place close to our university in Almaty.  Probably each inset mosiac piece was laid by melancholy artists in the 1960s with significance to Kazakh nationals but also done according to Soviet specifications from Moscow.  I’m beginning to understand why plagiarism was encouraged during the Soviet period, you had to be very careful to write just what the party officials deemed as appropriate.  If you veered off the party message, then you were in trouble with the authorities of the communist party elite in Moscow.  So, “copy and paste mentality” goes a long way back before computers ever arrived on the scene.  I need to learn more about the Soviet art which used cubism and portrayed happy proletariat workers doing their job with a smile.  Underneath there was no doubt despondency and melancholy.  That is probably why I appreciate the Christian mystic, Madame Guyon’s musings on design, God’s design:

“I entreat you, give no place to despondency.  This is a dangerous temptation–a refined, not a gross temptation of the adversary.  Melancholy contracts and withers the heart, and renders it unfit to receive the impressions of grace.  It magnifies and gives a false coloring to objects, and thus renders your burdens too heavy to bear.  God’s designs regarding you, and His methods of bringing about these designs are infinitely wise.” 

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