A&O – PROCESS and PRODUCT

 

ART & ORGANISM

PROCESS & PRODUCT

 

 

Considering ART and ARTIFACT begs comparison with a larger construct: that of PROCESS and PRODUCT

 

But we always seem to fixated on the more-or-less enduring PRODUCT when in fact it is the constitutionally ephemeral PROCESS that drives static states from one thing to another.  The experience of continuing, dynamic  change that defines PROCESS may, in fact, be where we should be focused to understand truth–it can imply a product, but that is more like a snapshot of something in eternal motion.  An opportunity for reflection about the process? Resonant with our newest understandings of physics at its deepest levels, nothing is static! 

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Kierkegaard agreed … that truth lies in the search for an object, not in the object sought. It is another case of “act accomplishing itself.” If God held truth in one hand and the eternal pursuit of it in the other, He would choose the second hand according to Lessing. Religious truth concerns the individual and the individual alone, and it is the personal mode of appropriation, the process of realization, the subjective dynamism that counts.”–

 

THE SEARCH IS THE THING and Leaps of Faith.  Of Lessing, Kierkegaard writes approvingly. But if we are constantly occupied in the immanent striving of our own subjectivity, how are we to ascend to knowledge of a transcendent God whom traditional thought declares to be known even by reason. Lessing and Kierkegaard declare in typical fashion that there is no bridge between historical, finite knowledge and God’s existence and nature. This gap can only be crossed by a “leap.” Faith is a completely irrational experience, and yet it is, paradoxically, the highest duty of a Christian. Though as Thomte observes, it is not a spontaneous belief, faith is nevertheless something blind, immediate, and decisive. It has the character of an “act of resignation.” It is unmediated and a-intellectual, much like Kant’s proof for the existence of God. Nature makes no leaps, according to the maxim of Leibniz. But faith, according to Kierkegaard must do so in a radical way.”[8] [i]

 

 

 

 

 

All too often too often we try to push, pull, outline and control our ideas instead of letting them grow organically. The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.

 (Julia Cameron (1992) The Artist’s Way)

 


[i]Leap of faith” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_of_faith where it was last edited on 21 April 2022, at 02:50