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America: Without An Existential Aesthetic

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"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." Albert Einstein -- George Santayana explains that we recognize and learn things based on "how they look and what they do to us" (Santayana Anima"l Faith 104). This would mean that as animals our experiences shape our attitude about the way certain objects appear to us. For example one person that had a dog growing up might see a painting of a dog to be cute and pretty; however, another person who was attacked by a dog at an earlier time might find the same painting of a dog to be terrifying. Santayana claims that every time we experience something our brain stores everything we sensed and learns from it. Like in the example, the person who was attacked by the dog at a young age is afraid of the dog because of his past experience with one. His animal self tells him that he needs to beware of dogs." 'Aesthetics: Image, Artwork, and Truth' -- Then, what the hell are we thinking!


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Some thoughts from my pal Frank:

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"I was talkin' to this dude yesterday, he claimed he was part Guatemalan, part "wild" Irish and part Native American. He was a cat, man. He was showing me a MacDonald's paper french fry container that he had picked up off the street, it had dried, kinda bloodlike, ketchup and tire tracks on it. He pointed the french fry thing up at the sky and asked me if there were anymore places like Earth up there? I replied that as far as we know, no. He then sighed, tapped the french fry thing against his ear and said, "Then I better find a use for this thing -- it needs me." Wow, I got to thinkin' about this and a tattoo he had on his right bicep that read, "Dog is not meat, Oil is not fuel, Beauty Is."

A people with no existential aesthetic exist in a manner that is not pleasing to creation.

To live at odds with the miraculous splendor and physical perfection of creation barricades the very path of the march to prosperity of civilization and humanity.

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It is not possible to flourish and survive in a universe based on beautiful principles when civilization has spurned a personal and collective aesthetic. Choosing, rather, to chase obtuse, selfish desires manufactured outside of the splendor of creation.

Hell is not a seething torture chamber. It is a paved suburban shopping mall, steaming landfill or a war zone.

Beauty falls away when man denies creation and the simple, profound fact of the world's defeat of nothingness and its very existence and survival dependent upon mechanical miracles constantly bestowed on a system and a people whom will marvel at this fact or fail to choose beauty and consign themselves to slow, inexorable final ugliness which will be called the end." Franklin Cincinnatus

A Boat

"O beautiful
was the werewolf
in his evil forest.
We took him
to the carnival
and he started
when he saw
the Ferris wheel.
green and red tears
flowed down
his furry cheeks.
He looked
like a boat
out on the dark
water." Richard Brautigan

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Kevin is (writing about yourself in the third person (illeism) is a trip) an artist/writer/carpenter and frustrated songwriter living in Johnson City, Texas. His latest frustrating songwriting attempt is titled, "I Touched the Hand That Touched (more...)

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