Δευτέρα, 1 Ιουνίου 2009

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What symmetry can there be in points of abstract thought?
The symmetry of being accordant with each other? But there may be accordance or entire identity where there is nothing but ugliness: the proposition that honesty is merely a generous artlessness chimes in the most perfect harmony with the proposition that morality means weakness of will; the accordance is complete.
Then again, all the virtues are a beauty of the soul, a beauty authentic beyond any of these others; but how does symmetry enter here? The soul, it is true, is not a simple unity, but still its virtue cannot have the symmetry of size or of number: what standard of measurement could preside over the compromise or the coalescence of the soul's faculties or purposes?
Finally, how by this theory would there be beauty in the Intellectual-Principle, essentially the solitary? Let us, then, go back to the source, and indicate at once the Principle that bestows beauty on material things. Undoubtedly this Principle exists; it is something that is perceived at the first glance, something which the soul names as from an ancient knowledge and, recognising, welcomes it, enters into unison with it. But let the soul fall in with the Ugly and at once it shrinks within itself, denies the thing, turns away from it, not accordant, resenting it.
But, is there any such likeness between the loveliness of this world and the splendours in the Supreme? Such a likeness in the particulars would make the two orders alike: but what is there in common between beauty here and beauty There? We hold that all the loveliness of this world comes by communion in Ideal-Form. All shapelessness whose kind admits of pattern and form, as long as it remains outside of Reason and Idea, is ugly by that very isolation from the Divine-Thought. And this is the Absolute Ugly: an ugly thing is something that has not been entirely mastered by pattern, that is by Reason, the Matter not yielding at all points and in all respects to Ideal-Form.

And on what has thus been compacted to unity, Beauty enthrones itself, giving itself to the parts as to the sum: when it lights on some natural unity, a thing of like parts, then it gives itself to that whole. Thus, for an illustration, there is the beauty, conferred by craftsmanship, of all a house with all its parts, and the beauty which some natural quality may give to a single stone.
This, then, is how the material thing becomes beautiful- by communicating in the thought that flows from the Divine. And the soul includes a faculty peculiarly addressed to Beauty- one incomparably sure in the appreciation of its own, never in doubt whenever any lovely thing presents itself for judgement. Or perhaps the soul itself acts immediately, affirming the Beautiful where it finds something accordant with the Ideal-Form within itself, using this Idea as a canon of accuracy in its decision.
αποσπασματα.........πλωτινος Περι ομορφιας

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φώτης θαλασσινός είπε...

Να γράψω ότι αυτός ο μικρός ναός και η παράδοξη συμμετρία του , μιλάω για την περίπτερη κατασκευή της πρώτης φωτογραφίας, μου θυμίζει πίνακα του Escher. Είναι ο καλλιτέχνης που έφτιαχνε με μολύβι σχέδια μέσα σε σχέδια μέσα σε σχέδια...φοβερός. Η λέξη "συμμετρία" με ταξιδεύει κατευθείαν στις νιφάδες του χιονιού. Στον δυσεπίλυτο γρίφο της τέλειας ομορφιάς τους που θα παραμείνει άλυτος γιατί απλά μας περιέχει και φυσικά μας ξεπερνά. Εμείς είμαστε ατελείς βλέπεις. Καλό μήνα.

5 pink flowers είπε...

σε ευχαριστω Φωτη για την τρυφερη διεισδυτικη ματια σου στα πραγματα και να φανταστεις οτι χτες το απογευμα κουβεντιαζαμε με εναν φιλο ακριβως για τον Escher με αφορμη την ταινια μας ..πως κυκλοφορουν υπογεια οι ιδεες και που συναντιουνται??? μετα απο αυτη την εμεπιρια του γυρισματος σκεφτομαι οτι καπου θα υπαρχουν υπογεια ωραια νηματα σαν νιφαδες χιονιου
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