Thought order eclipsed
The Copernican revolution extended in Berlin as topographical studies take center stage. Perception is based on a combination of what there is to perceive and the means and methods of perception. Experience counts for much, but some structural components are transcendental.
“Every indication of wisdom, taken from the effect, is equally an indication of power to execute what wisdom planned.” – Thomas Reid
Stuck in automobile traffic on location at the site of a major civil war battle, an emphasis on the human realm is inescapable. History only exists to the extent it is memorialized or otherwise remembered. Territorial reorganization is an ongoing project.
“Life has no meaning a priori… It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
Simultaneity of becoming
Eludes the present
When attempting consciously to make sense of things, incomplete sensory information must be interpreted. Reason is the mental capacity concerned with forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences. Perceptions project psychologically into external space and are accepted as immediate reality. Rationalism is the theory that reason rather than experience is the foundation of certainty in knowledge. Reflective thought, however, establishes reason as a subjective mental process that is experienced. Experience formulates in the present. Furthermore, certainly is probably imaginary. These realizations comprise several obvious problems with the validity of rationalism.
“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Daniel J. Boorstin
Separate energy, matter, space, and time manifestations all unite, contributing to a conflation of identify as superficial distinctions between concepts emerging together. Establishing relationship between content and reference, occasionally the shadow self is located aesthetically, appearing to contribute to an understanding of the ambiguity of life.
“Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you’re making.” – C.S. Lewis
Continuing an optimistic motif of perfectibility, humanistic evolution opens potential doors of perception. The future becomes the past at a steady rate. Slipping into history, events are irrevocable yet always open to reinterpretation. Understanding is capricious.
“I don’t feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.” – Michel Foucault
Channels of discourse
Meander all around
Humanism empowers human beings with unique positive capacities. The human condition cultivates and celebrates these desirable abilities as exclusively valuable. A gradual but persistent articulation, meaning ascription is a shifting human construction that presupposes the possibility of understanding. The sublime shockingly slaps human centrality silly, temporarily opening-up the prospect of a transcendent supernatural in the present.
“But being is not meaning.” – Jean-François Lyotard
Desire for the exalted
Reality of sensation
Existential inscrutability becomes immediately manifest in the overwhelming presence of the unknowable. Certain extraordinary circumstances force the confrontation of a subject with a state-of-affairs or object of infinite mystery. Seeking stability and meaning in a transcendental universe, this occurrence is both terrifying and pleasurable, as individual significance instantly deprecates in abrupt wonderment. Humans can overcome anxiety through acts of creation. By virtue of pure idea, art has the power to embody the sublime to probe the essence of an un-understandable existence.
“The first man was an artist.” – Barnett Newman
The subject, in an evolving matrix of becoming, formulates the objective. As sensations process into perceptions, core assumptions are always operative. Truth is nothing more than a constructive model upon which to base action. The more representations that are created, the better actuality is approximated.
“This actual world of what is knowable, in which we are and which is in us, remains both the material and the limit of our consideration.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
Power to produce
Changes in itself
A desired harmony between variations is fashioned immanently within different substances. Energy in the shape of natural forces is always in play, as the universe is in perpetual motion. Forming a base of operation established from perceived pattern recognition, stability is an illusion designed to comfort minds. Yet without alteration, there would be nothing to perceive. Difference is at the core of knowledge.
“I maintain also that substances, whether material or immaterial, cannot be conceived in their bare essence without any activity, activity being of the essence of substance in general.” – Gottfried Leibniz
Inform the passage
Nothingness dead stop
Various organic forces, awareness of which establishes representation sources that transcend existence, unite the subject and the object. Because we establish our existential position relative to naught, we cannot negate nature without negating ourselves. The journey starts and stops inexplicably, with nothing always much larger than something.
“Learning the truth about death and struggle is the long maturation process by which history overcomes its contradictions and fulfills the promise of humanity.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty