Paradoxically, quality is intrinsically recognizable but utterly undefinable. Subject verses object, the culture in which we are immersed presents a framework for interpreting experience. Meanwhile, the rational, reasonable part of the intellect is uncomfortable with indeterminate entities. In response to stimulus, we act in a manor deemed best, as all action is based on value decisions.
“It is easier to find satisfaction in some processes than in other, but virtually no process is necessarily devoid of intrinsic satisfaction if it is pursued in the right spirit.” – Crispin Sartwell
Evidence piles up
To develop an explanation is simultaneously to eliminate most potential. Correlating external authenticity, some objects and events are interconnected. Nevertheless, it takes creative visionalization to connect the dots, because many things are not present in consciousness. The artistic resides between the hidden and the revealed, approachable only obliquely.
“The aesthetic is reliant on an unmarked background against which artworks are articulated and which it brings onto the forestage to appear as a phenomenon in its own right.” – Peter Sloterdijk
Beneath the sea of thought, aesthetics sets you free on the front-line of experience. Quality decisions derive from romantic surface appearance, informed by classical underlying structure. Peace of mind is the land of unconventional concept.
“You’ll probably be surprised, for it’s the land unknown to man, where fantasy is fact. So if you can, please understand, you might not come back.” – Steve Farmer
Where you are
Glazing at signs, presented in the street, grills the brain. A common consciousness of the collective informs stimulus response affected in the metropolis. As truth is a function of time, the larger pattern that holds us all together perpetuates. Keep on moving, moving, moving as an inquiry into arrival.
“One does it and the other talks about how it is done, and the talk about how it’s done never seems to match how one does it.” – Robert Pirsig
Power to decide
Systems of complex communication require a set of rules that relate signs to particular meanings. Descriptive spoken language attempts to create mental images that pictures already are. Object-oriented philosophy attempts to extricate objects from their human confinement. Less abstract and thus more direct, visual imagery has the power to express aspects of experience that eludes textual form representation.
“ By intuition is meant the kind of intellectual sympathy by which one places oneself within an object in order to coincide with what is unique in it and consequently inexpressible.” – Henri Bergson
Organic life system
Awareness of the finitude of our existence condition is a response to temporal certainty. Thinking in the immediate past of an anticipated potential future, the present is the elusive cutting-edge of experience. Perception proceeds with either a dull or a sharp blade. Aesthetics sharpens the scalpel, efficiently shearing-off enframing boundaries.
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.” – Roy Batty
Shearing off complex boundaries to fit something into a category seems to be a human mental modality to cope with over stimulation. We are only aware of those things that we deem either necessary or interesting, ignoring the considerable remainder. This selective awareness is a kind of enframing, functioning as perpetual blinders imposed to reduce the sensory field at the cutting edge of experience.
“When one grows up thinking in a specific way, one tends to consider the ideas one uses as realities” – Ernst Jünger
The material world orients us by offering bearings in the inner world of the mind. There is a beautiful rightness to certain artistic presentations, a kind of intuitive balance achieved but immeasurable. Through radical simplicity, in the reiterative composition of scale and energy, a mutable theme describes a particular elusive phenomenon. Existential tools expand empathy more aware of rendition subtleties.
“Moments of awareness of perfection and of inspiration are alike, except that inspirations are directives to action. In moments of perfection we wonder why we ever thought life was difficult.” – Agnes Martin
Trials to criterion
The path to redemption depends on escape from the mundane conditions of normality. Embracing a call to adventure, and energized by eventual personal triumph over severe challenges encountered under hazardous circumstances, heroic life is defined by adversity. No pain, no gain.
“This heroic worldview is granted to the hero solely by a right of birth, and it is inevitably diminished when it filters down to the masses as an abstract idea.” – Ersnt Jünger
There is aesthetic currency in attempting to empty the mind of abstract thoughts and fully experience the present moment intuitively. Within this functional modality, incomprehensibilities in the flowing process are of considerable value, balancing between the past and the future, between cataloging and uncertainty. The leading perimeter of existence is always changing, with the trajectory of that change never predetermined.
“’Pure experience’ is the name which I gave to the immediate flux of life which furnishes the material to our later reflection with its conceptual categories.” – William James