Approaching Van Gogh: Understanding Economics from the Height of Life

There are many things that need to be approached to truly understand and like.

For example: golf. When I was in China, I was also invited to the driving range to try the swing, but I was never interested. Until I came to New Zealand, not in the driving range, but in the blue sky, white clouds, birds and flowers, the first time I played with the children, I fell in love with golf, and regarded it as the perfect sport for human beings. : It is the best outdoor exercise that not only uses hard work, but also uses the brain, but also the mind and body, the internal and external repairs, and the common situation for men, women and children.

Then there is Van Gogh. When I was in college in the 1980s, I had heard the lectures of Van Gogh’s paintings. Since then, Van Gogh’s name has been so eloquent, and friends from time to time have talked about Van Gogh, but I never really understood and fell in love with Van Gogh. high. Until a few days ago, I came to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and visited the Van Gogh Museum. I suddenly understood and fell in love with Van Gogh.

Van Gogh’s life traits one: simple

Artists and other intellectuals have a common problem, that is, “installation.” But the big intellectuals and the real artists are just the opposite, always returning to the truth. Van Gogh is such a person.

He painted the peasants and poured deep feelings on the peasants (such as his work “People who eat potatoes”, although the characters are not beautiful, but full of vitality and family warmth). When he painted still life, he broke the routine to put the sunflower he was most familiar with. He does not regard himself as a superior person. He said: “I paint from morning to night, and my work is no different from that of the peasants.” Appreciating the paintings of Van Gogh, I will feel the sincerity and simplicity of his heart. The heartfelt love for life, life, and the world can even feel the earth and the country.

Van Gogh also loves his family, and his love for his brother is a story. When his brother’s child was born, Van Gogh happily borrowed from Japan’s ukiyo-e and immediately created a painting. Painting is full of spring, unlimited hope, love and hate. And Van Gogh died less than half a year, and his brother died, which is embarrassing.

Van Gogh’s life trait 2: spirituality

In the past, when someone talked about Van Gogh or introduced Van Gogh, he always connected him with modern painting, especially expressionism, or liked to talk about his epilepsy and his “pathological” different from ordinary people. It seems that artists are geeks and even patients, and morbid and eccentric can make artists.

But in fact, Van Gogh’s paintings were created when they were healthy. Not only that, Van Gogh has a very high pursuit of spirituality. He was born into a pastor’s family, and his grandfather and father were both pastors. He himself also served as an assistant pastor to teach and serve the poorest people at the time, the miners. To this end, he almost gave away all the materials he had, and even gave his house rented in the snack shop to a tramp, and moved himself to the slum to sleep on the grass every day, so that he not only Spiritual, and physically same with these miners.

Until the age of 27, Van Gogh began his career as a painter. The cause was that in August 1880, Van Gogh traveled to Cuesm again, staying with a miner for two months, and he began to paint the surroundings. Thoughts.

However, from here on, during his last 10 years of his 37-year-old life, he created more than 2,000 paintings, including about 900 oil paintings and 1,100 paintings. There is a painting in the Van Gogh Museum that makes me move: the center of the painting is a thick, old, and treasured Bible, and next to it is a small book of Zola, clearly showing that it is not a humanist writer, but a belief in the painter. Important influence and status in life.

I read Van Gogh from this and fell in love with this tragic artist. When he could not approach it in a religious way, he chose to approach it in an artistic way. Van Gogh’s life is maverick, poor, and has suffered weakness and fall; his heart is often extremely painful, and his brother Theo says his last words are “La tristesse durera toujours”. It is conceivable that such a lonely heart needs light and salvation. Van Gogh’s paintings will be surprisingly bright, passionate, full of kinetic energy and touching. Because, he shows you not only painting, but his inner world that longs for light and eternal.

Spiritual Van Gogh’s Enlightenment to Economics

What does this have to do with economics? Some – people are not only rational people, but also spiritual people. Rational human rights are good and bad, and spiritual people pursue meaning and value. As long as it is a human being, there must be spiritual pursuits. People must not only live, but also understand why they are alive, and find a path to infinity, light and eternity from a limited, dead, sinful life (see the 2018 movie). “Van Gogh: At the Gate of Eternity”).

Economics, if you can’t understand the spiritual behavior and pursuit of human beings, you can’t graduate from the “poor” and “naive” campuses.