Describe the synthesis
Approach our own time
Natural scenes of wonderment help to proffer the possibility of timelessness and necessity. At the ocean interface, that which is currently happening is all there is and all that needs to be. Dynamic events at the present juncture are as they always are because there is no other way they can be.
“For where no one else can understand, it seems that the philosopher is called for.” – Hans-Georg Gadamer
Beauty defines existence on a late afternoon at the beach, when time becomes the consecutive relationship of consciousness states gently rolling in.
“Everything that is possible demands to exist.” – Gottfried Leibniz
On a cloudy day at the beach, the mysteries of the cosmos are more discernible in the spiritual ambience of existence. Empirical preconditions dictate pure reason.
“Something deeply hidden had to be behind things.” – Albert Einstein
Intuition is the essence of innate creative intelligence in communion connaturally with its surrounding circumstances. As an evolution of durational consciousness, creative intuition motivates and is nourished by its own growth and extension. The active aesthetic quest leads into the depths of Nature, seeking the essence of an external spirit concurrent with the finding of self-awareness.
“Because subjectivity has become the very vehicle to penetrate into the objective world, what I thus looked for in visible Things must have the same kind of inner depth and inexhaustible potentialities for revelation as the Self.” – Jacques Maritain
Nature affords no parallel
The freedom of imagination is indispensable to aesthetic experience.
“The imagination (as a productive faculty of cognition) is a powerful agent for creating, as it were, a second nature out of the material supplied to it by actual nature.” – Immanuel Kant
Certain ambient conditions stimulate a speculative unity of nature and spirit. Perpetual ocean dynamics, operative as a durational event, emphasizes intense emotion as a valid source of aesthetic experience. Being there places fresh emphasis on wonder, beauty and sublimity, with individual imagination the critical prerogative yielding freedom.
“There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.” – Herman Melville
Modern thinking introduced a ‘politics of beauty,’ after which beauty became not only subjective but also controversial. Contemporary fine art is expected to be politically motivated and decidedly non-aesthetic. With few exceptions, the presence of beauty today is deliberately and vigorously disparaged, with aesthetics and material concerns holding at best subordinate roles in fine art.
“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The exacting and solitary road of discovery is the road to the unknown. Salvation in art comes only through creative intuition, the primary power of authentic renewal.
“Every thing is what it is, and not another thing.” – Joseph Butler
Because nature presents additional obstacles, artists confront a growing challenge as the creativity of the spirit strives for further self-liberation. Without hampering or thwarting the simultaneous expression of subjectivity and creative freedom, a perpetually advancing external awareness for objects and events is required.
“The road of creative intuition, however, is exacting and solitary, it is the road to the unknown, it passes through the sufferings of the spirit.” – Jacques Maritain
Value of the world
Beauty continuously escapes grasp, ultimately unattainable except as reflected in a mirror. Poetry relates in equal terms to beauty, without subordination and without definite attainable knowledge destinations. In this dance, poetry tends toward beauty not as an object to be known or to be made, but as support in an integrated view of the affective, appreciative dimensions of existence.
“It only wants to manifest the-inwardness of the artist together with the things which resound in it–and if poetic intuition is really expressed it will inevitably be expressed in beauty, even without meaning it, for any real expression of poetic intuition derives from it integrity, consonance, and radiance.” – Jacques Maritain