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but I have to navigate back further for the common denominator.  I have to break it down that way, as it is the way I think.

I always refer to the Enlightenment, hence my screen name.  At the same time, I view religion and art in a Kantian sense.  These things are very neumenal for me rather than phenomenal.

Subjective rather than objective.

I can not defend them either because of their subjective nature.  I cannot make an argument for them.  What I experience, in my consciousness, is an irrational belief in religion or superstition as well as an unexplainable and irrational appreciation in art and the aesthetic.

The closest analysis I've been able to come up with is my own fear of death.  Not that death itself is the object of fear, but rather if there is no afterlife, then my entire life doesn't make any difference what-so-ever.

I am then no different than an ant in a colony carrying on in a biological sense.  One person in billions does not make a difference.  This may be the root of my irrational beliefs.

But the irrational faith keeps me from falling into abject nihilism.  If there was no God or afterlife, then I may as well put a bullet into my brain and end the needless suffering of life.  It would be logical to do so.

But I find my subjective reaction to aesthetic and art to be very similar to my irrational belief in religion or deity.  I do believe they are closely related, but again, that is a subjective belief.

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"

by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 08:47:21 AM EST
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