Unending subdivisions of both space and time produce ideas of infinitesimal and infinite processes. Aesthetics embraces a view of the universe that includes some uncertainty and mystery, while investing in time wisely.
“Here lies one from a distant star, but the soil is not alien to him, for in death he belongs to the universe.” – Clifford D. Simak
Art seeks the essence of experience indirectly through the unity of subject and object. In beauty, maximum freedom conceives and comprehends itself within operational necessity.
“Art is an absolute synthesis or mutual interpenetration of freedom and necessity.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
Empirical consciousness arises merely in time as a function of the succession of presentations. Pure self-consciousness is an act lying outside of time, by which time itself is made manifest.
“Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.” – William James
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
Liquid for the tank
The fundamental identity of the activity concerned in generating existence is the same as that which finds expression in willing. The will displays itself as products at once conscious and nonconscious.
“I’ve had some really good times at gas stations.” – Alyson Hannigan
Accepting the inevitable shadow elements as encountered, frees up uncharted mental domains. Identity is an amalgamation of thoughts, feelings, and possesses that come and go.
“What we call civilized consciousness has steadily separated itself from the basic instincts. But these instincts have not disappeared. They have merely lost their contact with our consciousness and are thus forced to assert themselves in an indirect fashion.” – Carl Jung
Sensibilities heighten in the pre-evening when walking around an unfamiliar city for the first time. Under such enchanting circumstances, aesthetic intuition itself becomes absorbed in the objective experience.
“The highest consummation of natural science would be the complete spiritualizing of all natural laws into laws of intuition and thought.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
Thought and life
Arises at the intersection
At a given moment
The shadow self relates to multiple others at an oblique angle, as the concept of the subjective is not contained in that of the objective. Nevertheless, objects of existence are inexhaustible.
“Nothing sensible – whether it be an affective or perceptual quality – can exist in the way it is given to me in the thing by itself, when it is not related to me or to any other living creature.” – Quentin Meillassoux
Nature must exist even if there is no consciousness that is aware of its existence. As the shadowself and a close companion make their way down Poydras Street, the objective and the subjective are simultaneously united and mutually opposed.
“The intrinsic notion of everything merely objective in our knowledge we may speak of as nature.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
Inside the Alexandria Genealogical Library, objects of practical attention take precedence over the theoretically possible. This orientation stems not from a primary conceptual justification, but rather from our actual existence as secular spirits.
“All proofs that the idealist offers for the existence of determinate external things must be derived from the primordial mechanism of intuition itself, that is, by a genuine construction of objects.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling