What you see
Extension of remaining
Memorable events can be celebrated differently. As cultural instruments of the still living, cemeteries are an odd combination of melancholy and beauty. Each visit makes me wonder if the end of life experience is universal.
“Tombstones covered the dale, the smooth marble surfaces bright. She had spent days here as a teenager, though not out of any awareness of mortality.” – Thomm Quackenbush
Appear to see
Close observation of everything is impossible, rendering selection discrimination necessary. The value of direct personal observation, under a new light, helps to select the significant from the familiar. On a stroll over to the town cemetery, a speculative and contemplative mental attitude prevents anomalies to pass unnoticed.
“Knowledge comes from noticing resemblances and recurrences in the events that happen around us.” – Wilfred Trotter
Any variation detection requires a concurrent consistency reference. The comfort of a standard walking route reiterates the instantaneous. Within the flow of time, vigilant to transformational possibilities, each episode incorporates elements of change intrinsic to a framework of continuity.
“All genuine activity is carried out in the scope of attentiveness.” – Edmund Husserl
The entire system of experience subordinates to a universal thinker tasked with sustaining relationships. Part of the challenge is recognizing that pattern recognition wraps ambiguity in the service of action anticipation.
“All knowledge takes place within the horizons opened up by perception.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Light of possible objects
Arriving every fifteen minutes to pick-up travelers, in the early morning light at the Kansas City International Airport economy parking lot shelter, the blue bus is calling us. Firing up old synapse connections, time is ripe to exercise the urgent, vigorous, philosophical play of imagination to render knowledge applicable.
“The imagination forms in advance and before all experience of the object, the aspect in the pure form of time and precedes this or that particular experience of an object.” – Martin Heidegger
It is curious how contemporary art methodically disdains beauty. The postmodern position is that beauty is only superfluous surface with no underlying conceptual thought. Meanwhile, beauty remains an extremely important human emotional response that in its enigmatic wonderment is perhaps best explored by and through art. Perhaps contemporary art’s fallacious condition indicates the extreme power of conformity.
“Beauty is one of the great mysteries of nature, whose influence we all see and feel; but a general, distinct idea of its essential must be classed among the truths yet undiscovered.” – Johann Joachim Winckelmann
An undulating pattern at the shifting boundary interface marks the ocean edge. This primordial pattern of change operates within a universal dynamic structure, given certain delicately balanced environmental parameters.
“Waves are the voices of tides. Tides are life. They bring new food for shore creatures, and take ships out to sea. They are the ocean’s pulse, and our own heartbeat.” – Tamora Pierce
The interface between land and sea forever remains a fascinating boundary. Both nuance and command combine in eminence with a magnetic attraction. The lived experience of being on the shore helps position a subject as part of a mysterious whole.
“It is right that art should always provide assistance to nature, for in cooperation the two may bring about perfection.” – Loginus
Things in time
Seeking wisdom in the airport terminal, space and time are present as intermediaries. This is a temporary zone, a point of transfer in a quest to both depart and arrive. Driven by the measurement of time, the perceived past and the imaginary future become timeless in conscious experience of a communal territory.
“Turn off your mind; relax and float downstream; it is not dying. Lay down all thought; surrender to the voice: it is shining. That you may see the meaning of within: it is being.” – John Lennon
Danger on the rocks
Overlooking a boat parking lot, floating object concentration presents itself.
“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale