Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.
The prestige accorded to the churchmen, lawyers and scholars who used Latin was transferred to the language itself. Latin was held to be noble and beautiful, not just the thoughts expressed in it or the people who used it. What is called ‘beauty’ in a language is more accurately seen as a reflection of the prestige of its speakers.
My old prof., quoted on wikipedia
I really am standing on the shoulders of giants!
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars, and in the middle, you see the blue center-light pop, and everybody goes ahh…
If we can create philosophies, art and science, then this tells us that thought is productive. If we understand the power that drives this production, then we will be able to maximize our creativity, our life and our future.
Science may give consistent descriptions of the actual world, such as the things we observe as ‘facts’ or ‘states of affairs,’ but philosophy has the power to understand the virtual world. This is not the world as it is, but the world beyond any scientific observation or experience: the very possibility of life. Life is difference, the power to think differently, to become different and to create differences.
If we want to know what something (such as art, science, or philosophy) is, then we can ask how it serves life. The problem today is that when we ask what art or philosophy are, we tend to feel they should serve some everyday function: making us better managers or communicators. We fail to see that the purpose and force of art and philosophy goes beyond what life is to what it might become.
Oscar Wilde’s admission that “[a]ll art is quite useless” articulates art’s unique position in terms of value. Aesthetics aside, art has no use-value. Exchange-value is king; and in capitalism this means that markets determine the value of art. The artwork is then a PERFECT COMMODITY, in that its relationship with individuals and communities is established not through their direct engagement with it, but by the market.
I propose that art CANNOT BE HOARDED, because it already exists outside of use-value; the (prospective) hoarder cannot dissolve the relationship between use- and exchange-values by collecting it. As it is a consummate commodity, it exists to be “had”, to be possessed. To honour art’s role in society is to collect it. So while the hoarder may collect art, this collecting is not disorderly.
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I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to truly comprehend quite how divine Celia Cruz was.
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