Out of nowhere
Intense weather variation breaks the monotony of the ordinary. Within a relational field or a given conceptual system, deviation detection is the process by which one entity is distinguished from another by a set of ambient properties.
“Hope is the grace of endurance in the stormy days.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
On the expanding boundaries of an unknown universe, the carnival midway unity splinters into infinite shards of narrow possibility. Concurrently, the relationship between matter and consciousness is intellectually random and formally structured.
“There is a lack of alignment and the reflection is scattered in unrecognizable flashes of separate consciousness.” – JC Collins
When presented with a mental image, having knowledge means that we presume comprehension. Reason consciously assures that the image is only a representation and that beyond the represented thing the thing-in-itself exists.
“The outside gaze is the function that is found at the heart of the institution of the subject in the visible.” – Jacques Lacan
Constituents of matter
Midway crowd movement often appears like a continuous-time probabilistic processes, here well illuminated by bright sunlight. Occasionally the question of randomness becomes part of the aesthetic pattern.
“So the movement mounts up from the atoms and gradually emerges to the level of our senses, so that those bodies are in motion that we see in sunbeams, moved by blows that remain invisible.” – Titus Lucretius Carus
On my side
Daydreaming manifests because phenomenal appearances are a detachment from the immediate noumenal surroundings, rendering contact with external reality oblique and partial.
“Nothing makes time pass or shortens the way like a thought that absorbs in itself all the faculties of the one who is thinking. External existence is then like a sleep of which this thought is the dream. Under its influence, time has no more measure, space has no more distance.” – Alexandre Dumas
For Kant, imagination as a primitive function of apprehension is a necessary ingredient of perception. In this guise, perception is equated to empirical consciousness. Thus as a mental activity pending prior to perception, this form of imagination is pre-conscious.
“What and how much can the understanding and reason know apart from all experience?” – Immanuel Kant
Strolling on the midway, in a mood for public interaction, sparkling lights tend to hypnotize. The rules of engagement depend on the social-cultural envelope.
“It is little silly to be a caricature of something of which you know very little, and which means very little to you, but to be your own caricature – that is the true carnival!” – Karen Blixen
Night closes in on the midway drama, with an unnatural twist appealing to a hankering for a load of merriment. The carnival preys on a kind of contented mindlessness built around obedience.
“Though the carnival life gonna always shine, you can’t turn back the time.” – Maria McKee
Certain structural configurations serve as terrestrial landmarks on a familiar journey, evolving, as the route becomes ever better known.
“These empirical conditions concern the understanding only as applied under certain circumstances, and becoming acquainted with these circumstances requires experience.” – Immanuel Kant
Seen by others
The price of admission opens up possibilities for cultural observation. What constitutes reality, what is the essence of being human, how is knowledge acquired, what has value, are all explored at the annual Missouri State Fair.
“The light teaches you to convert life into a festive promenade.” – Dejan Stojanovic