Art Is for a Purpose and It Is Meant to Serve the Society That Creates

There are certain things in life that if placed in a proper perspective, give more meaning to human existence especially in a society where paramount values guiding the general conduct of people have lost shape. For example, in most traditional African societies ‘reason’ was a yard stick used not just in measuring ‘the cause’ but also in justifying the action of an individual. The common ground on which reason for action was being established is that, no action is taken by an individual without a reason. It is to this very end that the Tiv people in Nigeria puts this proverb: Kwagh gbe eren ga, sar kwagh ka a er; which literally translates that: ‘Nothing just happens, something must have prompted it’.Ironically, in today’s world, many societies care more about what happens without tracing the root cause. For example, it is easier to point accusing fingers to an armed robber without knowing the circumstances that warrant such acts. No wonder, even in the court of law judgments are entirely passed base on facts instead of truth. While it is easy to fabricate facts within a short period of time in defense of the wrong in the society, it takes a relatively longer period for real truth to be revealed. What then can one say of art?For an artist to settle down in his/her studio for several hours or days if not weeks, to create a piece of work of art is clear indication that there must be something behind it. Whether an embodiment of his/her ideas about the society or something that is relatively far from just creating for creating sake. A piece of art, being it a painting, sculpture, song, a write-up, decoration, a play etc, is meant to serve a certain purpose in the society that creates it. By definition, I have often seen art as any product or activity produced for a particular audience which involves the expression of thoughts, feelings, ideas etc in a creative manner through a given medium. Going by the above definition, a song is a piece of art.The rhythms that accompanied it with the sound of musical instruments are the creative attributes of the song. The meaning of the song’s wordings have to do with the message while the singing in this case is medium which the artiste expresses his/her feelings, thoughts or ideas about the society he/she lives in. Those who listen to the song are automatically the audience. Also, a piece of painting is an art work. Painting itself is a medium which the artist expresses his/her ideas, thoughts, or feelings about the society he or she lives. The manipulation of colours on the canvas to achieve harmony/colour rhythm or good composition is the creativity involved. The viewers of the painting are automatically the audience.Who is the art work made for? A work of art once produced is like a finished product in the market. This does not necessarily mean that the art work must be bought in the same way other products are being purchased in the market. In the art world, art receives its highest reward not by people who by it but those who ‘appreciate’ it most. The implication of this word “appreciate” is that, there are others who will not appreciate it for obvious reasons, yet that will not affect the art piece itself. This means that, it is not every body that will like it; and again, it is loved by many.Some get attracted to it probably because of the style in which the artist used in executing the work, while some like it just because the title reminds them of something they are familiar with or even experienced in the past. Another person might like it just because of the colours while others will not. To this end, people will react to it differently base on how they view it. But most importantly, people often forget that someone (an artist) creates the work and probably it is his/her comment about something in the society he/she lives. Such a comment is probably meant to correct a wrong or an indirect way of exposing an evil practice for the benefit of a target group or a particular audience in the society.It therefore means that, every art work so long as it created by an artist, it is for a purpose. It either serves the artist that creates it or the society which the artist lives in. Good art for wrong audience: One of the reasons why art is often misconstrued is when a good piece of art work is located in a odd environment. Imaging a grotesque looking African mask of either the Ibibio tribe or Benin people hung in hospital OPD (Out Patients Department) where people are waiting for the doctor to receive treatment for their various ailments. The scary looks of such a mask alone is enough to trigger other sicknesses or more pain than it ordinarily supposed to be. It means that if a work of art is truly positioned in right environment, it will serve the society better than mere occupying a wall/space in the name of decoration.Hence, every art work is created for a particular audience and unless it is positioned in a right place it will lost it essence. In traditional African societies for example, art was highly functional such that where ever a piece of art was found, it has a link to the environment where it is positioned. Taking it out of its original place, changes its meaning contextually against certain beliefs of the community that has such art. In trying to understand the meaning of a particular art piece, two things are paramount in this case. The first is the perceive meaning of the art work and the second is the environment where the art work is situated. The perceive meaning has to do collectively with physical attributes such as the lines, the colours, the form, shape or the portrayed imaging of the work, while the second helps one to understand the environment where the art work is found. In view of this, the art work some times act as a sign which helps in defining the meaning of the place one find him/herself.A work of art: A truth or a fact? A piece of art work can be a ‘fact’ as well as ‘truth’ when placed in a right environment and can be none of these when found in a wrong place. It can be a fact when the physical components/attributes: the motifs, forms, colours, the styles point to recognizable issues in the society which people are familiar with. It can be ‘truth’ when the people understand the message and act in the direction that will correct a wrong or evil in the society they live. Indeed, no art is just created, in one way or the other it is meant to serve a certain purpose in the society that creates it.

How Smoking Impacts Your Health Insurance Policy

It’s a well-known fact that smoking causes an adverse effect on your health. You must have seen the warning message on all cigarette boxes – ‘Smoking is injurious to health’. Smoking tobacco is a root cause of 30% of all cancer deaths and causes 16 times higher risk of heart attack.There are almost 120 million smokers in India. As per World Health Organization, India accommodates around 12% of the world’s smoking population. The number of men smoking tobacco has increased from 78 million in year 1998 to 108 million in the year 2015. Tobacco consumption is accountable for the death of 6 million people each year. Direct tobacco consumption accounts for over 5 million deaths and 0.6 million deaths are due to exposure to second-hand smoke. Considering serious public health risks, the Government has banned smoking in public places from 2nd October, 2008.Not only your health, it also causes you to pay higher premiums for a health insurance policy, due to increased health risks and shorter life expectancy. A nonsmoker however, gets premium discounts as a reward to lead a healthy lifestyle. Being a smoker, it is advisable not to hide your smoking habit from your health insurance company, as it helps you to cover the smoking-related health issues.There is a wide curiosity among people, how smoking impacts the health insurance and its cost. Let’s educate yourself about smoking and its impact on health insurance policy.Smoking – What It IncludesSmoking includes inhalation of of the smoke of burning tobacco in the form of cigarettes, cigars and beedi. Whether you are an occasional smoker or frequent smoker, you will be considered as a smoker under the health insurance policy.Smokers can buy health insurance, however an insurance company may charge extra premium or reject your application for insurance, depending on the number of cigarettes you smoke on a regular basis. A smoker may also have to go through additional health check-ups that can help an insurance company to ascertain the risk factor and then charge the premium amount accordingly.How Smoking Affects Your Health and Insurance PremiumSmoking makes the serious impact on your health, some of them are detailed below.Circulatory System: Smoking results in increased risk in the heartache and blood pressure. Building up of fatty acids could resulting to atherosclerosis.Immune System: Smoking results in severe and long lasting illnesses. Smokers are more prone to develop ulcers, cancer, pneumonia, high blood pressure, bronchitis, and other viral/bacterial/fungal infections.Respiratory System: Smoking may damage lung functions and breathlessness. It may cause damage to the air sacs of the lungs, increased chance of developing chronic bronchitis.Oral Health: Smoking can lead to tooth loss, tooth staining, gum disease which may increase the risk of tooth decay.Cancer: Smoking for a long time also causes cancer to various body organs.When it comes to a health insurance policy, an insurance company considers the magnitude of illnesses and deaths caused due to smoking and that’s why, smokers need to pay higher premiums to avail health insurance cover. Typically, the insurance companies charge around 15 to 20 percent higher from a smoker policyholder. Those who smoke would need to undergo additional medical checks, before the insurer issues you the policy.Let’s understand the difference of premium between a smoker and non-smoker individual.Ritesh (non-smoker) at 30 years of age buys an individual health plan with Rs 5 Lacs coverage, for 1 year policy term, the chargeable annual premium amount is Rs 4,656. However, Raj (smoker) is buying an individual health plan, he is charged with an annual premium amount of Rs 7,552. An increase in premium amount is only due to the fact that Ansh lies in the smoker category of premium. We can see Raj is paying Rs 2896 extra on account of smoking.Smoker with Existing Health ProblemsIf you are a frequent smoker that has caused the symptoms of the declining health condition and getting puzzled whether you can get a health insurance. The answer is yes, the only thing required is to make honest and proper disclosures.The insurance company will then assess the risk associated with your profile and then decide on terms & conditions and the premium to be charged for providing you a health cover. The premiums charged will be higher and a waiting period will be applied for covering your pre-existing diseases. Moreover, if you are seeking an immediate coverage on your deteriorating health condition, you may go for a critical illness policy.Conclusion:Smoking makes an adverse impact on your health and your health insurance policy as well. An insurance company will charge you a higher premium in proportion to the risk associated in providing a health cover. An important point to note that you should disclose all relevant information regarding your health and smoking habits. In case, you are found hiding or providing fake information, the insurance company may decline in settling the claims.

3 Simple Steps to Find Part Time Jobs in New York City

Finding a job or part time job isn’t easy, but with the right approach, you can do it.While many parts of the country are experiencing difficult times due to the current economy, New York City has been hit especially hard because of the troubled financial sector. Layoffs have led to many people searching for work; both full time employment and part time jobs. Some are looking to change career paths completely while others simply want to find part time work in order to stay afloat while until the economy turns around or other full time work can be discovered.When you’ve worked in a certain field for awhile, searching for a part time job can seem daunting, but keep your chin up because this article will give you some starting points from which you may discover hidden talents or aptitudes you didn’t even know existed. Who knows, maybe the part time job you find will lead to a career in something totally unexpected, but even more fulfilling.New York City isn’t called “the City of Dreams” for nothing! Hidden in its nooks and crannies are great jobs just waiting to be discovered. Are you ready to find them? If so, here are the steps to follow:Step 1: What did you want to be when you grew up?Since part time jobs in New York can be found in just about any field, it can sometimes make the search process tricky to jumpstart. Here’s a great way to being: Grab a pen and paper and start brainstorming about yourself. What are your likes/dislikes, interests, hobbies, and talents? If you were an English major in college and love reading perhaps a bookstore would be the place for you or working as a copy editor. Maybe you enjoy kids and feel like your life experience has given you something to offer. New York City schools are always in need of substitute teachers willing to step in when needed.Those are two examples of part time jobs in New York. Both are extremely flexible allowing you time to continue searching for other work or giving you the time off you want. Either way, spend some time getting reacquainted with yourself in order to narrow down your list of possibilities.Step 2: Consider your needsDo you have a family? Do you need health insurance? Do you need to work in a certain area of the city? Do you need day or night work? These questions and more also play a role when searching for a part time job. Having a family may make it more difficult to just pack up and move somewhere else, so finding work near your home might be the way to go. Maybe you have small children or have other health concerns. Many nationwide retailers such as Target, IKEA, and Starbucks offer health benefits for part time work. Although most require you to work a minimum amount of hours in order to receive these benefits. If you need to work at night then looking for a job which allows you to work from home might be a possibility as well. There are data entry jobs or medical billing jobs which allow you to be home. Or you could put those data entry skills to use at a hospital or other facility open 24 hours.Step 3: Be Bold and network like crazyNow is not the time for the faint-hearted. After you have figured out several possibilities you want to try, stand in front of the mirror and give yourself a good pep talk. Polish off those interviewing skills and remember why you’ve been hired in the past. Be prepared to “sell” yourself to each potential employer and start putting the word out to friends, former co-workers and family that you’re looking for a solid part time job and are open to suggestions.New York City is a wonderful place to look for work because the possibilities are practically endless! The more people you talk to about your quest the more you can be helped along your way. Confidence is key to landing a great part time job. Employers will be looking at your communication skills, whether or not you’re honest, and how well you can work in a team, just to name a few. The more you can demonstrate these qualities to those around you, the more likely someone you know may be able to recommend you to a potential employer. View yourself as a product you’ve just been asked to market. How would you go about establishing yourself as something someone would want to utilize?Finding part time work doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By following the above steps, you can find one of the many New York part time jobs just waiting to be discovered.