Category Archives: Nature

Noblest Wood

Stand alone
Fulfill according
Vicissitudes endured

Strength is trust as undeterred by particulars, made to form and reveal the eternal in numerous exceptional details. Home is within you.

“When we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.” – Hermann Hesse

Don’t Pass Me By

Highly favorable
Adventurous quality
Tensions continue

By accumulating experience through constant engagement, the doors of possibility multiply in response to stimulation offerings. Reimaging the familiar in novel ways is a rich source of creative satisfaction. All interpretations have the effect of framing future explications.

“I want to deal with what’s in front of me now to the best of my abilities, and sometimes that’s not very good. But a lot of the days it is really great.” – Ringo Starr

Into the Trees

Another dimension
Deep gladness
Nothing else matters

Walk steady and pass through many realms of prodigious detail, which reach like a splinter into the center of your mind. Assuaging in a sublime atmosphere, the limits of so called boundaries expand, facilitating imaginative demand.

“Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you.” – Susan Polis Schutz

So Perceived

Immediately clear
Fundamental principles
Natural world

John Locke delineates very pessimistic inferences about the achievable progress of science; in fact, he believes that an accurate methodical knowledge of nature is outside human aptitude. Fortunately, such a condition does not inhibit aesthetic endeavors.

“What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.” – Isaac Newton

Laws of Nature

Philosophical question
Widely associated
Profound gulf

Two opposing metaphysical theories of the Laws of Nature distinguish our view of reality. The Regularity Theory positions the Laws of Nature as statements of the uniformities or regularities in reality. In this sense, they are only descriptions of existence. Conversely, the Necessitarian Theory claims that the Laws of Nature are principles that govern natural phenomena. In this capacity, the natural world obeys the Laws of Nature. Kant appears to hold that a law of nature is not a contingent regularity, but is distinguished by a kind of necessity. We cannot have empirical knowledge of such laws because we can only have knowledge of necessity where we can have a priori knowledge.

“For concerning things in themselves and the determinations that they have as such, one cannot have insight into why because something, A, is posited, something else, B, must necessarily also be posited.” – Immanuel Kant

Universal Grace

Abstract epitome
Forms radically alike
Even unique

On a hike in the Pacific Northwest, nature is appreciated as inward and outward senses are mutually adjusted. The subsequent production of artwork throws a light upon the mystery of the world.

“The beauty of nature re-forms itself in the mind, and not for barren contemplation, but for new creation.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bask in the Sun

Series of stages
Mystical discipline
Suddenly attained

In affirming the cause and denying the effect, Leibniz maintains that space and time are only confused mental constructs. Kant agrees that space and time are not absolute external objects, but rather are fundamental conceptions that make external perception possible. Although causes and effects can only be inferred through experience, certainty is never much more than a probability assessment.

“Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop.” – Haruki Murakami

Efficient Causes

Shifting communication
Collision between
Distinct entities

In a synthesized experiential representation, aesthetics investigates the conditions of possibility. In full appreciation of its implications, light is the external force that connects together the objects of visual perception.

“One is born with forces that one did not contrive. One lives by giving form to these forces. The forms one gets from the others.” – Alphonso Lingis

Representative Passage

Reasoning response
Adjunction space
Felt in light

Philosophically a concept is a mental abstraction that generalizes and extends knowledge from some familiar memory objects to others unknown. It amalgamates two or more particulars into a singular mental aggregate. Attempting to conceive of non-conceptual thinking is unavoidably conceptual. Nevertheless, non-conceptual cognition shapes an important aspect of aesthetic processing.

“Perceptual experiences have a richer phenomenological character than one’s conceptual resources need allow.” – Michael Martin

Illuminating Intellect

Necessity pressure
Ambiguous indications
Potential intelligibility

Our intellectual essence is spiritual and distinct from the senses. Yet, according to Aristotle, nothing is found in the intellect that does not originating in sensation. Abstract spiritual illumination manifests in internal mental powers drawn from the senses.

“And this very process of illumination is unknown to us, it takes place in the unconscious; and often these very images, without which there is no thought, remain also unconscious or scarcely perceived in the process, at least for the most part.” – Jacques Maritain