Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Aesthetic Education of Man

Aesthetic Education of Man
 When we develop our aesthetic capacities, we develop our moral capacities, so much so that aesthetic education renders moral education superfluous.
Friedrich Von Schiller
* Art is the right hand of nature. The latter only gave us being, but the former made us men.
 * The key to education is the experience of beauty.
 * Aesthetic matters are fundamental for the harmonious development of both society and the individual.
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3. When man is raised from his slumber in the senses, he feels that he is a man, he surveys his surroundings, and finds that he is in a state. He was introduced into this state, by the power of circumstances, before he could freely select his own position. But as a moral being he cannot possibly rest satisfied with a political condition forced upon him by necessity, and only calculated for that condition; and it would be unfortunate if this did satisfy him. In many cases man shakes off this blind law of necessity, by his free spontaneous action, of which among many others we have an instance, in his ennobling by beauty and suppressing by moral influence the powerful impulse implanted in him by nature in the passion of love.

8. Dare to be wise! Energy and spirit is needed to overcome the obstacles which indolence of nature as well as cowardice of heart oppose to our instruction. It is not without significance that the old myth makes the goddess of Wisdom emerge fully armed from the head of Jupiter; for her very first function is warlike. Even in her birth she has to maintain a hard struggle with the senses, which do not want to be dragged from their sweet repose. The greater part of humanity is too much harassed and fatigued by the struggle with want, to rally itself for a new and sterner struggle with error. Content if they themselves escape the hard labor of thought, men gladly resign to others the guardianship of their ideas, and if it happens that higher needs are stirred in them, they embrace with a eager faith the formulas which State and priesthood hold in readiness for such an occasion.
*  Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor.
* They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom. * Whatever is not forbidden is permitted.
* The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.
It does not prove a thing to be right because the majority say it is so.
* He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.

* Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.

   Friedrich Schiller

Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

Against stupidity the gods themselves labor in vain.

Against stupidity the gods themselves fight unvictorious

Against stupidity even the gods contend in vain.

Against stupidity gods themselves contend in vain.

With stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.
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