Am I just so detached from the outside world that I don’t realize this?
Are you perceived as playing God when you ask “What is — ?” The title of the book referred to above is The Philosophy of Poetry. Arrogant and cantankerous? I just want to know what poetry is. “You live in your own world, don’t you?”
In our leveled time it’s seen as pretentious to say you like poetry. What a lost people! I want to live in my own world if that’s what this world is like.
Hmm this is an Anglophone study, I might want to arrogantly and cantankerously scrap it on those grounds alone. He says it’s the last great unexplored frontier in contemporary aesthetics, ahh, you might’ve sold me.
In our nihilistic world there is still something somewhat supernatural about poetry, that’s what intrigues me about it. Not quite supernatural, it’s just that sometimes it can make people stop. Hierophanies Eliade called them. The divine slipping through into our world. Even if for only a moment, you catch your breath.
I find myself here because I did not find a study titled The Philosophy of Theology when I looked. What moves us most? Okay I’ll settle for poetry. Poetry is uncanonized theology. Makes me think- is there a study on TV shows out there? That seems to be where most people of today find some glimpse of the divine. Poetry is seen as such a fragment today. The gesamtkunstwerk is mainstream, and poetry seems primitive. No audio-visual, what’s a poem? Nothin’. This is actually a sort of refined aesthetic sense relative to earlier times. Gesamtkunstwerk = total work of art. Is a lot of what goes for that total works of garbage? Yes. Nonetheless, there is something refined about being intolerant of “fragmentary art” like poetry. Yes, I want the Inferno to be a high-budget 5 hour movie, sorry if that’s not “traditional”.
What would an E. T. say about your favorite show? That’s what I’m after when I’m looking for this stuff. What would they say about shows in general? If you’re interested in something like that then this is the “arrogant, cantankerous” field to look. Some shows are so good that they change us on a personal level. You can learn exactly how they might’ve changed you with these types of theorists. It’s about self-awareness. “How do things affect us?” You don’t know, usually, unless you talk to a very smart person about it, and that’s what these people tend to be.
Philosophy of the News – something I know doesn’t exist in any honest form, and yet something that is so important to understand. If you want to understand yourself and your relation to Y or Z in the world, that’s the word you use- philosophy. “What is — ?” Infinite possibilities and some are much more urgent than others. “What is a badger?” I’ll bite you, that’s what it is.
See how these results all miss the point?
Typical, typical. Particulars and universals. People are particular-obsessed.
That’s the kind of tweet you never see – “What is it about the news people like?” – it’s because they’re too busy consooming nooz without even being aware of what they’re doing or why they’re doing it.
The news is a type of poetry. People find something divine about it, there’s no doubt about it. How easily they are moved. How could one live like that? It’s so mundane, yet it’s divine to them- the mundane IS divine, pretty much the definition of materialism. There is only this dull, lifeless world, and they love it. I guess I’m just spoiled and I want others to be spoiled too. There are other forms of “media” that are not so dull. “That’s all we like!” Sorry.
You’ve probably seen this series before?
It’s a pretty underwhelming series in my experience. At least it’s something in the direction I’m speaking of. This is a Hegelian idea- spirit acquiring awareness of itself.
Earlier I was thinking that in the “old times” the question What is Theology? is something any parent should’ve asked. Because if it’s something that is going to shape your child you clearly want to know what it is exactly, right? It makes one more alert when it’s thought of in that way, no? If you’re responsible for a child you kind of think that’s an important thing in life. Moreso than most things. Why would you give a child theology if you didn’t even know what it was? So it seems irresponsible to not ask that question. Similarly one might wonder if parents of today ask what children’s TV shows are. I think they might tend to be irresponsible in that regard. They don’t know what it is that they are giving their children. The “bread of lies”, corruption? In many cases I’d guess yes. This is one of the main reasons that the citizenry is so bovine, because people don’t reflect on what children learn, and by the time they grow up it’s too late. You might think this isn’t a controversial thing to say, and yet totally rational adults will read this and continue to exclusively consume the mundane.
Here’s the terrifying truth they don’t want to face
Presumably they stopped taking an interest in poetry at the same time the vast majority of humans did, namely, at some point in the 1910s when modernism reached out across the arts and made them “difficult.”
“I knew it! I knew there was a catch. I consume garbage because it’s not difficult.” I mean, do you want to be a sophisticated person or not?
This is a good point
in the wake of modernism poetry can no longer be read naively. Let me explain. “Naive” here is not meant in an entirely derogatory sense. To say that an artwork of any sort can be appreciated naively is to say that attending only to its surface will repay a non-negligible degree of aesthetic interest.
I say it entirely derogatorily. If you don’t want to understand something then that’s just your loss. I referred to Schrock’s study of Robinson Crusoe the other day for instance. You’d be amazed what is hidden in that old novel. Learning how to properly appreciate it is just as captivating as reading the novel itself. It’s similar when I go from genealogizing to studying historiography broadly. It’s a further level of self-awareness that one ascends too. One goes beyond oneself. If life seems dull and lifeless it’s because you’re not striving toward self-awareness. I’m even doing this at this moment. First level- Robinson Crusoe, second level- secondary study on Robinson Crusoe, third level- study on the interpretation of literature itself. What could be next? I’m excited to find out. I’m not sure everyone is aware of this kind of excitement if they avoid the “difficult” and remain asleep in the “naive”. Actually I already know “what’s next” in my case. Zooming out from aesthetic theory one might find oneself studying one of those What is Philosophy? books. Can’t get much more abstract than that. Okay- The Sociology of Philosophy. It’s all higher degrees of awareness. Most are just so content with gossip, nooz, the naive. It’s a crime to perpetuate that among children. Philosophy itself is esotericism. This book in question might as well be titled The Esotericism of Poetry. Who wouldn’t want to know about that? Right, I live in my own arrogant, cantankerous world.