Expanding sensation brings us closer to things as they are – infrared dreaming at Maple Leaf Lake.
“I am a citizen of the universe.” – Epictetus
Becoming aware of something through the senses, all perception is interpretation. By deploying imagination across every experience, an affirmative life potential expands. Part of the freedom comes from tapping multiple elucidatory cognitive sources: conscious reasoning, preconscious intuition, and unconscious instincts. There is no inherent necessity to stay within arbitrary external lines.
“Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception.” – Stan Brakhage
Alteration has a cause that can only be derived from observation occurrence. Concepts of nature furnish authority to an implied value structure, which identifies purity as good and impurity as bad. In operation, both reality and language are ambiguous, and by allowing the free play of difference multiplicity, centralized hierarchies disintegrate.
“Accordingly, the operations of a higher level cannot be accounted for by the laws governing its particulars forming the lower level.” – Michael Polanyi
All aspects of experience are contingent but subject to interpretation. Fleeting impressions form a selective imaginative memory used to inform future events. Significance is an unfolding project never fully realized, even when the aesthetic attitude is one of pure perception.
“But previous to this, we must take a short review of the opinions already entertained of this quality; which I think are hardly to be reduced to any fixed principles; because men are used to talk of beauty in a figurative manner, that is to say, in a manner extremely uncertain, and indeterminate.” – Edmund Burke
Colorful indigenous performance satisfying stereotypical expectations is sometimes undesirable for the local population. Open-air squatting in the transport infrastructure while attempting to sell trinkets is a difficult proposition. In addition, such insistent behavior creates a pedestrian obstacle, thereby defeating the sidewalk’s purpose.
“Science, like art, religion, commerce, warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions.” – Gregory Bateson
For Kant, the concept of “pure” relates to an understanding that is not mixed or contaminated by empirical sensation. In this formula, change is impure because alteration has a cause which can only be derived from experience. Given that movement in space and time constitutes the underlying essence of existence, it would then follow that all experience is impure. Bummer.
“In consequence of this placement of subjective space, judgment henceforth prevails over the preestablished dichotomy between pure and impure . . . A spiritualization of both the purity/impurity distinction and the inside/outside division of subjective space is thus effected.” – Julia Kristeva
In historical usage, purity is a positive term that defines something as being unmixed with anything else. Synonyms include absolute, fine, neat, plain, refined, straight, unadulterated, unalloyed, and undiluted. Furthermore, this uncontaminated state is considered clean, anodyne, benign, harmless, innocent, innocuous, inoffensive, and safe. Something that is impure contains foreign or unnecessary substances. When observing the universe, I wonder exactly what components are foreign and unnecessary. Experience indicates that all things are interrelated in a dynamic amalgamation, rendering the concept of purity as nothing but an abstract illusion.
“Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.” – Thomas A Kempis
Aware of an innate vibrating energy field while walking on velvet green, aesthetics invigorates relationships. Generously augmented by imagination, some external circumstances radiate a mellifluousness vigor that emanates consonance.
“Scrutinize closely the particulars of a comprehensive entity and their meaning is effaced, our conception of the entity is destroyed.” – Michael Polanyi
Essence and flow
Existence functions as a ceaseless interrelated system of moving ingredients. Therefore, the primary reality presented in the universe is change. With the development of the mind, and its associated liveliness, came successful reactions to environmental contingency, allowing choice interpretation relative to possible actions.
“When we perceive a real object, what we actually see–the sensible matter of our perception–is very little in comparison with what our memory adds to it.” – Henri Bergson