Poetry from 08/2014

31 August 2014

The World as Will and Representation

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
― Anaïs Nin 

"This amounts to saying that an object, as far as we can know it, is no more than an object of experience, and anything beyond experience we cannot say. After all, we can hardly jump outside of our experiential correlation with the world to view reality from a godlike perspectiveless view from nowhere. To know an object is to know it as we know it, and not as it is in itself." alistair robinson 

The subject–object problem, a longstanding philosophical issue, is concerned with the analysis of human experience, and arises from the premise that the world consists of objects (entities) which are perceived or otherwise presumed to exist as entities, by subjects (observers).

How much of the knowledge of on an object is our own conception or thought?  Only with our own ideas and concepts do objects start to have meaning because until then they are simply a collection of visual phenomena.  Our own changing thoughts and moods can also influence how we see and feel about the things around us.

Schopenhauer explains it this way:

It is only when the understanding begins to act - a function not of a single delicate nerve extremity but of that complex and mysterious structure of the brain...only when the understanding applies it's sole form, the law of causality, that a powerful transformation takes place whereby subjective sensation become objective intuition Thus by virtue of it's own particular form and so a priori, in other words, prior to all experience (since until then experience was not yet possible) the understanding grasps the given sensation of the body as an effect (a word comprehended only by the understanding), and this effect must necessarily have a cause. Simultaneously the understanding summons to its assistance space, the form of the outer sense lying predisposed in the intellect, i.e., the brain. This it does in order to place that cause outside the organism; for only in this way does there arise an outside whose possibility is simply space, so that pure intuition a priori must supply the foundation for empirical intuition.  On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason.

A key focus of Schopenhauer was his investigation of individual motivation. Before Schopenhauer, Hegel had popularized the concept of Zeitgeist, the idea that society consisted of a collective consciousness which moved in a distinct direction, dictating the actions of its members. Schopenhauer, a reader of both Kant and Hegel, criticized their logical optimism and the belief that individual morality could be determined by society and reason. Schopenhauer believed that humans were motivated by only their own basic desires, or Wille zum Leben ("Will to Live"), which directed all of mankind



10 August 2014

The Clementine

Folk 'N' Word, a spoken and sung performance 

Performance poetry and spoken word has its emphasis less on text than on the poet’s presentation of the work as can be seen in this performance of The Clementine by Poeticat.  'She sits at Embankment station and hums...' The platform was empty except for her....

Percussion is also important in performance poetry. The modern style has been influenced by hip-hop, which utilizes all of these devices. This type of poetry should also have an idea, emotion, or perspective that drives the poem. Often, this may relate to popular culture or social or political events.




9 August 2014

Everything changes and nothing stands still

Everything flows and nothing stays.
Everything flows and nothing abides.
Everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.
Everything flows; nothing remains.
All is flux, nothing is stationary.
All is flux, nothing stays still.
All flows, nothing stays.
As quoted by Plato in Cratylus

Cratylus was an ancient Athenian philosopher from the mid-late 5th century BCE, known mostly through his portrayal in Plato's dialogue Cratylus. He was a radical proponent of Heraclitean philosophy and influenced the young Plato.