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Uphill Both Ways

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?

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Uphill Both Ways

The road up and the road down is one and the same.

- Heraclitus (535-475 BC)

"A Pair of Shoes" (1886) oil painting by Vincent Van Gogh. Used by Martin Heidegger in his exposition of the essence of art

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.


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