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
After several years of walking one of my longer local routes, at one point along the way I decided to climb under a barbwire fence to explore some new territory. What I found is a small patch of prairie that more closely resembles what western Missouri looked like before massive human disruption. The calm feeling associated with the undulating grasses, blowing in the wind, are similar to an ocean oscillation observed from the shore.
“The creative Self of the artist is his person as person, in the act of spiritual communication, not his person as material individual or as self-centered ego.” – Jacques Maritain
Every experience relates to the adventure of being a subject in the world. We simultaneously assemble a description of the world, along with an identification of perceived discrete objects it contains. Along the way, intense beauty serves to elevate the unity of apperception, as we construct a self-narrative situated within an external environment.
“All of our cognitions lie within the totality of all possible experience, and the transcendental truth that precedes and makes possible all empirical truth consists in the general relation to such experience.” – Immanuel Kant
Within the frame
Truth as an event
Emerge into disclosure
Accentuated by the aesthetic sensitivity of the intellect, seasonal oscillations are vital ways of directing creative accouchement. Creative intuition demands the release of the enigmatic spirit possessed within the soul responding to natural abundance.
“That into which the work sets itself back and which it causes to come forth in this setting back of itself we called the earth. Earth is that which comes forth and shelters” – Martin Heidegger