imagination as divine ritual


In interviews about the aesthetic experience, I ask: Do you think you understand something you were not able to grasp before? Does beauty give you new knowledge? The answer is immediately and invariably yes. But if I ask for an account of this knowledge, then uncertainty creeps in, even for the people who are most articulate and int ouch with their inner world. They run up against the ineffable. If we stick to the age-old distinction between thought and feeling, we are at a loss. The distinction is sensible and true. But it leaves out a basic point: Emotions themselves are a way of knowing. We have survived and evolved as a species precisely because our decisions are not cold, logical choices, but emotional preferences mixed with instinctive judgments. Emotions contain information. It would be wrong to dismiss the aesthetic experience as just a series of pleasant emotions. But the truths beauty reveals to us are subtle, hard to pinpoint and hold on to. Perhaps we can say that beauty gives a new dimension to our knowledge. The experience of beauty teaches itself, as all experience does. But its content, by definition, is much more passionate, alive, and intimate than other kinds. It uplifts us, frees us, shows us happiness. Thus it brings more substance with it. This statement belongs to the philosophical and literary tradition according to which truth and beauty are interdependent, if not identical. Remember? “Beauty is truth, truth beauty.” Keat’s statement would be hard to prove. I can tell that most people who have an experience of beauty come out of it not only regenerated by waves of joyful feelings, but also endowed with a sense of a deeper knowing.      ~Piero Ferrucci

this everyday beauty that envelops us without sensing or feeling its depths…….

inquiry for today~  no need to seek out the obvious……allow the nuances of the day to find you…..

beauty, an ideal

Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know, better than we feel, nobler than we are: by which we can see Life as whole: by which, and by which alone, we can understand others in their real as in their ideal relations.   ~Oscar Wilde


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