The reality and ultimacy of nature approached from an idealistic perspective builds upon a model of human freedom. Part of the puzzle centers on the praxis of creative intuition as a function of action. In such productive matters, nature functions as both the ground and antithesis of spirit. Within the empirical objects of perception there exists an inexhaustible reservoir of enigmatic potential.
“An intelligent being bears within himself the means to transcend his own nature.” – Henri Bergson
Conditioned by form
An intuitively obvious idea is that truth must match reality to be true. Of course, reality is a huge indeterminate field of inexhaustible existence, rendering any possible correspondence fragmentary and incomplete.
“It is better to be vaguely right than to be precisely wrong.” – Walter Terence Stace
Following light phases
Factors that influence
Riding shotgun around Alexandria Louisiana during the ‘blue hour’ is a rich cinematic excursion. The series lies in space as a function of duration.
“In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.” – Henry David Thoreau
On its own as will
Light emerges from the spirited shadows on a rural country road during the blue hour. Speculative photography entails experimentation, as the objective is annexed to the subjective.
“All knowledge is founded upon the coincidence of an objective with a subjective. For we know only what is true; but truth is generally taken to consist in the coincidence of presentations with their objects.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
Watch the sunset
Over delta levees
In downtown Baton Rouge, a one-mile waterfront promenade offers interesting views of the setting sun. The reality and ultimacy of nature is in full display as the mighty Mississippi River indifferently flows by.
“The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time.” – Norman Maclean
Schelling explores succession in a way analogous to Bergson’s duration. The question is not whether and how the assemblage of phenomena and the series of causes and effects, which we call the course of nature, has become actual outside us. The question rather relates to how succession becomes manifest for us.
“It is impossible to distinguish between the duration, however short it may be, that separates two instants and a memory that connects them, because duration is essentially a continuation of what no longer exists into what does exist.” – Henri Bergson
Sometimes the aberrations of life are the most interesting aspects.
“I’m prone to tangential digressions, but I’ve never regretted being remarkably inconsistent: it’s led me to fascinating people and interesting stories.” – Natalie MacLean
In the course of experiencing nature, the assemblage of events and associated cause and effect succession are interdependent internal and external phenomena. They become actual in our minds only insofar as they themselves follow one another.
“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” – Alan W. Watts
Sensation is a biological adaptation to a contextual presentation that suits an organism’s needs. Meanwhile, representations are mediated and constructed signs that stand for a referred object.
“Representation is distinguished in consciousness by the subject from the subject and object, and is referred to both.” – Karl Leonhard Reinhold
The idea of connaturality is expressed by Schelling as ‘absolute identity.’ This transitivity links the two aspects of being – the ever changing multiplicity of the particular with the stable universal. The intrinsic incompleteness of all finite determinations uncovers the complexion of the absolute.
“Existence is the link of a being as One, with itself as a multiplicity.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling