In Search Of Absolute Beauty

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  1. Sometimes I watch these videos so much I feel like it has become an obsession, yearning for an emotional connection, meanwhile I ignore my actual life as it runs it's course without me noticing it

  2. If you're actually brave enough to broach the impossible topic of beauty then it might help to understand a few operating principles at work behind the scenes. Leonard Bernstein correctly surmised that linguistics held the key to an interdisciplinary handle on the subject. The operative word is ambiguity. The ability to exercise some control over this linguistic condition allows one to create highly compelling situations like the "violation of expectation". You see musicians understand that story telling is the bottom line. That doesn't mean that purely abstract painting like Jackson Pollock or Dance like Pilobolus or Merce Cunningham can't be exceedingly compelling but it's still the ghost of storytelling that's hard at work if only by it's absence. Anyway a story without peril or dissonance or the violation of expectation is just journalism not art. So in music there exists ☯️ two seemingly contradictory opposing invisible forces at work behind the scenes. They are chromaticism and diatonicism. So diatonicism is a harmonic force for predictability order simplicity and ease of comprehension and chromaticism is a force for dissonance peril unpredictability expressivity intellect and the violation of expectation. It's the Ballance between these two forces that to a large extent controls how you affectively receive music or poetry for that matter. So very diatonic music might sound like nursery rhymes or the simplest folk music. Where as exceedingly chromatic music might sound like an alien landscape or impressionistic jazz or Stravinsky Berg or a Wayne Shorter mid 60s Ballad like Teru or Iris or Anything by Bill Evans. Or at it's most extreme perhaps Gyorgy Legiti the through the Stargate music from Kubrick's 2001 a Space Odyssey. But we haven't even scratched the surface. If you'd like a deeper explanation I recommend "the Unanswered Question Bernstein" a series of six interdisciplinary Harvard lectures written for the layman but with no oversimplification. Start with lecture 1 Phonology they were delivered in 1973 and contain the most eye opening revaluations that only the most gifted educators are capable of. They're on at least 2 YouTube channels in their entirety. Try cagin a channel or paxwallacejazz for some carefully edited excerpts or video cliff notes but go to the source.

  3. "To be enveloped by light, yet at the same time, shining." Thank you. It's a profound experience to have your heart's greatest desire encapsulated in a single sentence. This whole video is a work of art that is at once an ode and a critique of art itself. Hearing you talk about losing yourself to the pursuit of absolute beauty only to find it alluding you is exactly what I have been struggling with. There's nothing worse than the feeling of almost being able to touch the heart of humanity, to look God in the eye, and discovering at the last moment that you can't go all the way. What does the 99% matter if that last 1% is unattainable? It takes a huge load off my shoulders to know that I am not the only one who feels this way.

  4. "It is a strange thing that most of the feeling we call religious, most of the mystical outcrying which is one of the most prized and used and desired reactions of our species, is really the understanding and the attempt to say that man is related to the whole thing, related inextricably to all reality, known and unknowable… It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again."
    -John Steinbeck

  5. That scene of Dr. Who taking Van Gogh into gallery of his own artwork made me burst into tears.
    There is nothing more beautiful than knowing that it was all in some sense worthwhile, that suffering and sacrifice were not in vane.
    Dear people, may you all experience this at the end of your lives!

  6. I am nearly speechless. Thank you for painting with words, music, and images the “sehnsucht,” the inconsolable longing (a phrase borrowed from C.S. Lewis) that some of the greatest authors and artists have articulated in a way that in no way quenches our thirst for the absolute, but rather stirs it up, and maddeningly so. Oh to have that thirst forever quenched! I believe no good thing will be denied to those who truly seek with all their heart. They are the ones who will find. “At present, we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of the morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendors we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in.”
    (C.S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory”)

    Oh, to finally “get in!” That is what life is all about.
    Thank you, sir, for once again stirring up this inconsolable longing in me. God bless you.

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