Tuesday, February 15, 2011

They Act Like Earth Was Terrestrial Prison

Stefany Anne Golberg:

In the end, Caruncho and Fernández say they want to separate romance from reality, but their diagnosis leads to a conclusion no less romantic, and no less religious, than the legend: that our own bodies can generate within us a sensation of the divine. From this, maybe the romantics and neoclassicists can be brought together for a new notion of genius, one that allows for, and sometimes necessitates, ecstatic irrational reveries that must still be grounded in practice if good works are to be produced. After all, visions alone are not enough. If Chopin hadn’t practiced his piano, he may never have gotten past the Polish border. But his experience of the sublime, whatever its cause, was a real factor in his ability to compose as well.

Works for me. I don't get why so many people think our most sublime experiences are diminished unless we pretend they descend, uncaused, from some mysterious dimension outside of space and time. Again, I blame Plato.


  1. If the god is within me, why isn't that divine?

  2. Plato's Form told me to tell you to stop picking on him - he was trying to solve problems like how words have meanings and how circles exist if there are no actual ones.
    I'm not happy with his solutions, either, but to my knowledge, those problems have still not been solved.