Crippled with Contentment
It took 10 months for me to learn to tie a lace; I must have howled with rage and frustration. But one day I could tie my laces. That no one can take from you. I profoundly distrust the pedagogy of ease.
- George Steiner (1929-2020)
A Pair of Shoes 1886 oil painting by Vincent Van Gogh. Used by Martin Heidegger in his exposition of the essence of art
This graduated role reversal of humility is an act worth thinking about. Revolutions take place despite our preoccupation with initiation. As the world turns, living is perpetual, limited to our species in language only.
I am poking fun of the older generation when my turn of phrase pivots on the truism of having to go to school uphill both ways without shoes. Does this mean that the descent of man and transcendental ascension are one and the same?
This death march towards futurity isn't always such a nihilist perspective. A well-worn pragmatique shrinks in comparison as the "right" pair of shoes prop up femininity and drives her towards world domination. It sounds like a glass slipper and that's a fiction, not a male-dominated hierarchy.
Beginning in the late nineteenth century, the Art category of post-impressionism which Vincent van Gogh so clearly helped to define is bound by an artist's symbolism, her broad brushstrokes and visibly emotive substrate. At first glance, "A Pair of Shoes", maybe exactly that; a pair of shoes belonging to a worker of sorts navigating a world bound by necessity and now, post-humously possesses the masterpiece to prove it. This may be slightly misleading, the ownership of the experience is ephemeral, Vincent van Gogh was just the one to capture it.
For me, Martin Heidegger's position distills down to a circumscribed approximation of anticipated Truth with counterfactuals to Nietzsche's Will to Power. It all boils down to Truth and the tension between the subject-object phenomenology; moving from artworkto and art thing. This all seems very superficial considering my aesthetics of ordered chaos and it's corresponding pair-bond with consciousness. The appreciation is the thing in itself (one of many things), not the other way around.
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