Absorbing the landscape, a road trip can feel like a presentation staged by apparitions from the past.
“From the very beginning, existentialism defined itself as a philosophy of ambiguity.” – Simone de Beauvoir
Point in time
Days of summer
Humanity is a component element of a constantly changing nature. All things individually experienced, including other humans encountered and prevailing social paradigms, are natural proceedings. The arbitrary destruction generated by a flood, or the vibrant colors of a sunset, each have their corollary in human behavior.
“Man lives in a world of surmise, of mystery, of uncertainties.” – John Dewey
Shade on the light
Across the landscape
Points of interest are drawn by gentle topography. Experiencing Lopez Island as a backseat passenger, I get a feeling that I have been here before.
“And in all my travels, as the facts unravel, I’ve found this to be true.” – Steely Dan
A transcendent celestial event confronts the absolute. Maple Leaf Lake Conservation Area in Lafayette County Missouri at 38.9958° N latitude, 93.7929° W
longitude on 21August2017 at 1:10pm Central Daylight Time.
“Whenever a total eclipse of the sun was visible in an accessible region, parties were sent out to observe it.” – Simon Newcomb
Back in the day
Parmenides attempts to distinguish truth, which grasps what actually is, in opposition to perceptive delusion. The definitive claim to know the real both as it might appear and as it really is in-itself, seems a tenuous proposition. Observers persist to differ in encouraging divergent, often irreconcilable, theories of reality.
“Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will.” – Charles Baudelaire
Many furtive conceptions arise in obscure conclusions, incidental but dependent upon experience. Usage and context give to the moment an expression of definite meaning.
“The land of shadows is the paradise of dreamers.” – Immanuel Kant
Space and time are two necessary conditions for any perception to be experienced. Kant observes that rather than being universal concepts under which sensible things are categorized, space and time are singular concepts in which sensibilia begin to become knowledge.
“There are no differences in kind except in duration – while space is nothing other than the location, the environment, the totality of differences in degree.” – Gilles Deleuze
Just by being
An exquisite Mexican sun sets over the Pacific Ocean at a latitude of 17°38’30.01″N and a longitude of 101°33’6.1″W. Such a magnificent event is the essence of fleeting beauty. For a few dynamic moments, the sky is a pageant of light and color – and then the extravaganza passes. Nonetheless, the positive psychological effects of witnessing the spectacle persist for long after.
“For we have complete insight only into what we can make and accomplish according to our conceptions.” – Immanuel Kant
When it comes to creativity, intuitive reason becomes paramount. In aesthetics, we confront intuition on a visceral level, while entering into a cardinal activity of the intellect. Prior to logic and concepts, intuition exercises itself in vital connection with imagination and emotion.
“We have quit logical reason and even conceptual reason, yet we have to do more than ever with intuitive reason–functioning in a nonrational way.” – Jacques Maritain
Quickens the mind
Movement of exceeding
The critical aspect in useful arts is an obligation to the primary rule of satisfying a certain practical need. In fine arts, however, the primary rule is the release of pure spiritual creativity in its yearning for beauty working with the intellect. Thus, the notion of rule in the fine arts modulates through the influence of beauty.
“By an aesthetic idea I mean a presentation of the imagination which prompts much thought but to which no determinate thought whatsoever, i.e., no concept, can be adequate, so that no language can fully reach it and render it understandable.” – Immanuel Kant