Art, solitude, the essence of militariness


The military academies of half the world, on the basis of theoretical studies and failures on the battlefields have come to define the conception and conduct of military activities as an artistic form, in fact we speak of operative art when we want to understand the activity of a commander in the complicated undertaking of understanding, conceiving and conducting battles or campaigns.

The reason for the term art is difficult to understand in its immediate analysis, requires long reflection and can lead to more solutions, sometimes conflicting, but not necessarily false. In this analysis the term art, connected to military things, is associated with solitude as the necessary catharsis to approach the creative world of the human intellect.

It is easy to see how the artist, at the moment of the effort is alone, struggling with himself and with the truth that he intends to create, likewise for military commanders. This condition of solitude, premised to the activities of the intellect, is not only of the greatest, but intrinsic to whoever holds command positions or exercises the arts sing from the muses, regardless of whether it is Napoleon or a simple team leader , of Picasso or of a madonnaro.

Being alone helps to reflect and throws into despair, but it is precisely in that dimension of degradation that the germ of creation is born and therefore the artistic dimension. It is understood that the greatness of the commander like that of the man of the arts is measured with the amplitude of the created creation, however if there is solitude, if there is introspection there is art, there is militariness.

It is clear that it is not enough to put the uniform to be commanders, as it is not enough to hum in the shower to be called musicians, at the base there is always the talent, big or small, but assumed this as a necessary and sufficient precondition and placed the solitude as an element of connection, the artist and the military live the same creative tension, the same dramatic and satisfying world only at the moment when the act of giving body to one's thought takes place, and then giving way to a desire new to seek greater perfection.

Andrea Pastore

(photo: US DoD)