Variety of expression
The dissonance of particulars are melted into harmony as darkness falls on the carnival midway. By blending manifold forms, extreme beauty unites lucidity with infinite meaning.
“For, although Character can show itself also in rest and equilibrium of form, it is only in action that it becomes truly alive.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Von Schelling
Perceptual input must be processed. In Kant’s formulation of mental activity, the Imagination functions as the source from which sensibility and understanding develop. This correlates to Maritain’s creative intuition, with connaturality seeking knowledge by communication between the spiritual essences of contingent encounters.
“As natural physical beings we are bound by laws of nature, as moral agents by the law of practical reason, but as imaginative creatures we are constrained by neither and thus have creative power.” – Immanuel Kant
The carnival exercitation is manifest in various stages of its development. A brief opportunity to release customary societal controls helps to make those constrains more habitually tolerable.
“Everything we’ve seen here so far seems to indicate some sort of compulsive involuntary stimulus to action.” – James T. Kirk
Relevance to reality
The pure energy of external existence flows together with the force of an inner spirit to unify appearance. Schelling suggests that transcending Form is required in order to gain it again as intelligible, living and truly felt.
“Plastic Art, therefore, evidently stands as a uniting link between the soul and Nature, and can be apprehended only in the living centre of both.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Von Schelling
Wealth of detail
The shadow self is a form of entanglement that cannot be described independently of the physical casting self. In such cases, aesthetics helps to collapse interconnected superposed states.
“Life is a field of cosmic consciousness, expressing itself in million ways in space-time through quantum entanglement.” – Amit Ray
Blending into the environment offers an inconspicuous observational platform. The locus of creative power dwells in the formative imagination.
“During a carnival, men put masks over their masks.” – Xavier Forneret
Deals with itself
Understanding deals with empirical experience and reason deals with rational ideas. Erroneous metaphysics is rooted in unregulated reason that concludes that which is inconclusive. Kant analyzes metaphysics in order to save it, by explicating a cognitive tension between sensibility supported by concepts of the understanding and the ideas generated by reason. In his view, reasoning needs regulation to synthesize experience into unity.
“Dare to know! Have the courage to use your own intelligence!” – Immanuel Kant
Strong to severe
The intellect functions both in rational and nonrational ways, as the powers of sense perception are entangled by creativity. Thus a dramatic atmospheric anomaly on the horizon stimulates imagination to translate what is given into astonishment.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene
Kant’s system of philosophical critique uses aesthetics as a bridge between theoretical and practical knowledge. By virtue of imaginative ‘free play’ coalescing in consciousness, cognition moves towards transcendental idealism. This free play association conveys correspondence with Maritain’s creative intuition, as perceiving, imagining and remembering all closely interact in experience.
“The cognitive powers brought into play by this representation are here engaged in a free play, since no determinate concept restricts them to a particular rule of cognition.” – Immanuel Kant
Behind an adjacent ridge-line, the setting sun interacts with the horizon. Life on Earth responds biologically to daily solar cycles.
“When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.” – George Harrison