Friday, August 28, 2015

A Thing of Beauty

Because of a habit of bloody violence every time the bossman changed his view (and the evolution democracy), the West separated the ideas of art, philosophy, religion and science. This allows us to pursue questions of truth aggressively without stepping on each others toes. I am no historian, but I believe the Romans (before Constantine) initially took an approach closer to the Hindus. Every time a new group of people were conquered, their Gods were 'recognised'. The existing gods often represented virtues or emotions and so they could say, 'Ah yes, we call that god/saint/angel by another name'.

One of the consequences of the later separation, is that Eastern Philosophy is often more holistic. Diet, dance, exercise, breathing, music and every part of what we do is fair game. The study of life and happiness involves everything. The thing that gives me the emotional feeling of elevation comes through the arts. I have just gone to watch 'Last Man Standing' at the Edinburgh Festival. The control these dancers have over their bodies allows them to escape. Along with the music and the light, you are transported to a deeper place you very much recognise. A place you have named.

This was one of those shows that made me want to live healthier. To move more. To feel more. It was a thing of beauty.


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