Sights and sounds
On the last night of a short visit, Zihuatanejo sparkles in the moonlight. Visual beauty and cultural diversity compensates for extreme heat and humidity.
“You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That’s where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.” – Andy Dufresne
Appearance is here distilled into the intrinsic nature of experiencing a place, involving something abstract that determines spirit. Behind material manifestation is an incorporeal substance or energy that develops and grows as an integral aspect of present existence.
“Thus we see already that from without we can never arrive at the real nature of things.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
Something for sale
State of satisfaction
Transactional opportunities are presented at the State Fair, in a balance of give and take. Generating material desire for the superfluous is a common tactic of profitable exchange.
“Having come to know in some fashion in what the nature of substances consists, we must next try to explain the dependence which they have on one another, and their actions and passions.” – Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz
At an intersection
During idle chatter while eating dinner with friends at a restaurant on a Providence street, I look up. Subsequently a geometric abstraction is presented above our table, placing aesthetic experience into illusionistic space by shifting consciousness into a non-objective reference peak.
“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.” – Criss Jami
Digging deeper into the essence of place, Brown University is centered in a city laden with tree-lined walkways. Beyond physical environment manipulation, we mentally carve the universe up for our own functional organization.
“Science is nothing but perception.” – Plato
Rendering the landscape by virtue of invisible radiation, aesthetics moves closer to the noumena. What is knowable by the senses through phenomenal attributes can become more comprehensible but never whole.
“Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception, do not confuse them with ‘facts’ or ‘truth’.” – John Moore
In the evening on campus, duration moments are externally defined by the rate of environmental change as established by energy fluctuation caused by rotational movement fixed in memory comparison.
“One has not only an ability to perceive the world but an ability to alter one’s perception of it; more simply, one can change things by the manner in which one looks at them.” – Tom Robbins
Distinctions within a perceptual order-structure combine to constitute experience.
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” – Ansel Adams
Heavy metal thunder, rolling down the night-time avenue, stirs things up.
“A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.” – William Hazlitt
In the cause
From a frame of reference which is rotating, centrifugal forces and visual perception intermingle on the midway as summer wanes.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another.” – George Bush