Mythology – Addendum

Schopenhauer

 

Purely conincidentally, I was reading the always interesting Alain De Botton last night before bed – and while discussing Schopenhauer (above) he hit on a point connected to the one I was trying to make in my previous post.  As he points out in the passage below, artists and philosophers “express our own experiences more poignantly and more intelligently than we are able”.  Ironically, Alain does just that in relation to my earlier post on mythology & artists:

“Works of Art & Philosopy give us an objective view of our own pains and struggles, evoking and defining them through language, sound or image.  Artists and philosophers not only show us how we feel, they express our experiences more poignantly and more intelligently than we are able; they give shape to experiences that we recognize as our own but that we could never understand so clearly on our own.  They describe our condition and thereby make us feel less lonely with, and confused by, it….Creative works allow us brief insight into our woes, which lessen feelings of alarm, isolation (even persecution) by them.” The Consolations of Philosophy, p.199.

For me at the moment, at least, I can see no greater value in art than an alleviation of “feelings of alarm, isolation and even persecution” – it’s postively essential. And with that said, I’m off to listen to Colin Stetson

 

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Mythology – Addendum

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