On a rainy day, an abstract frame of mind offers escape from enclosure to a wide-open space with an illuminated history.
“I go and come with a strange liberty in nature.” – Henry David Thoreau
Many complex issues
As a distinctively human enterprise, both sensual and intellectual aptitudes combine to make aesthetic perception possible. Many questions arise in search of explication. Does the quest for beauty in the service of creativity connote that aesthetic demeanor is intellectual? Beyond this distinction, how is the intellect further split between operative modes? Are conditions outside subjectivity required for any experience, contributing to a repository of information available for unconscious processing? In advancing spirituality, how does the creative process balance invention with discovery?
“The I think must be able to accompany all my representations.” – Immanuel Kant
At the car dealership, while waiting in the designated position for the completion of routine automotive maintenance, light patterns emanate. Providing a place for purpose, the systematic coherence of empirical law is sometimes revealed in unlikely circumstances.
“The necessity of the universal assent that is thought in a judgment of taste, is a subjective necessity which, under the presupposition of a common sense, is represented as objective.” – Immanuel Kant
Although absolute knowledge is impossible, humans may rely on strong beliefs in sensible affairs. Predictive reasoning gives assistance during ambiguous experiences involving skeptical knowledge. Operating under this principle, extrinsic authority holds sufficient credence to render an opinion firmly probable.
“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” – Diane Arbus
Fire appears in the sky and in the water, on an early Atlantic Ocean morning. In a sublime state, beauty can inspire great admiration elevated to a high degree of spiritual purity.
“There are always some dominant memories, shining points round which the others form a vague nebulosity.” – Henri Bergson
Dance of shadows
Autumn morning vibes, on the edge of a grove of trees, as brilliant radiation streams in. All things are in constant motion.
“Human knowledge has two forms: it is either intuitive knowledge or logical knowledge; knowledge obtained through the imagination or knowledge obtained through the intellect; knowledge of the individual or knowledge of the universal; of individual things or of the relations between them: it is, in fact, productive either of images or of concepts.” – Benedetto Croce
On a nice long walk, the sundry moods of mental life flow along according to the degree of concentration. Interjected into this stream is an occasional confluence of energy, so affecting as to enjoin attention. Such moments encompass the reciprocity of awareness.
“Matter, in our view, is an aggregate of images. And by ‘image’ we mean a certain existence which is more than that which the idealist calls a representation, but less than that which the realist calls a thing; – an existence placed half-way between the thing and the representation.” – Henri Bergson
Light of consciousness
Objective things exist entirely independent of whether or not they are experienced. Nevertheless, sometimes such objective things properly align from an exclusively subjective viewpoint. Forming harmonious order out of disarray, recognizing any reality inescapably is coherent with a sectional capacity of observation.
“Since the seventeenth century we have come to think of reality as something which must be equally accessible to all competent observers–that is, we think it must be objective.” – John Searle
Light of reason
Experience operates from diverse legitimate epistemic perspectives. To communicate about an event, or to have a mental image of an event, or to participate in an event, are three different ways of dealing with the same occurrence. Therefore, phenomenological authenticity points to two categories of intentionality. In this way, a symbolic intention is ‘fulfilled’ by a perceptive intention. Both Husserl and Merleau-Ponty consider symbolic intentions derivative and perceptual intentions more essential. Nevertheless, imagination and intuitive processing are indispensable.
“Our image of the world can be made up only in part of actual being, and we must find a place in it for the phenomenal realm which surrounds being on all sides.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Mental reference point
Recurrent and recognizable events furnish experience the merges sensation with imagination. The perception of an external reality is distinct from that external reality itself. Understanding is primarily a matter of familiarity.
“Philosophical questions are so difficult, the problems they raise are so complex, that no one can fairly expect, now, any more than in the past, to win more than a very limited assent.” – G.E. Moore