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"The Art"
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I saw this interesting line in the signature of someone who posted in another thread:

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The Art Is Alive, when the practice of living transcends the art..So Live It, Dont Just Practice it..!


This is a nice quote, and it also got me thinking about the different ways in which we understand what "The Art" is, and the different ways we "Live it".

So let's hear thoughts on those two things:

1) What is "the Art"?

2) How does one "live it?"

Shawn

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Hi,

While I'm not qualified to offer a direct response, these philosophical questions have been teasing at my mind for a long time, framed by:

- Prioritising, integrating and enriching the age-old trinity of "family, work and training".

- Knowing "how" to be passionate or "love" each in turn.

For example:

- Knowing the difference between falling in love with an idea and falling in love with yourself.

- Achieving a balance between confidence, assertiveness and creativity while also being aware of your own actual (and potential) ignorance.

The Australian author Tim Winton wrote of a character whose introduction to surfing profoundly changed his outlook on life. The fact that men could move their bodies, in tune with nature, in such a beautiful and harmonious way was a revelation within a society that was a very structured, rational and expressionless cultural landscape.

The irony of the tale is that egotism, lack of self-awareness and lack of empathy bring many beautiful, heroic characters undone trying to prove they can find and surf the 'biggest wave'.

My apologies for the random thoughts - but I feel better for it!

Thank-you,
Matt

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1) "The Art" is the continuation and transmission of one thing.

2) You live it only if as an expression of the continuation and transmission of that one thing.

I don't think I could be more vague.

Here is a quote: I tell you: one must have chaos within oneself, to give birth to a dancing star. (Nietzsche)

Art is just an expression of the human spirit, how you live it is up to you.


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Art is just an expression of the human spirit, how you live it is up to you.



This sentence seems much more liberal than point 2), where correct expression and transmission seems to constrain "how you live it"?

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1) "The Art" is the continuation and transmission of one thing.


For example, the training program at McDonald's?

Shawn

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RJHIII wrote:

Art is just an expression of the human spirit, how you live it is up to you.



This sentence seems much more liberal than point 2), where correct expression and transmission seems to constrain "how you live it"?


Not really, there are good and bad artists.

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kouryuu wrote:
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1) "The Art" is the continuation and transmission of one thing.


For example, the training program at McDonald's?

Shawn


Yup it's the art of selling and making sub-par burgers at discount prices.

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Not really, there are good and bad artists.



But if it is up to each individual, who are you (or we) to judge?

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Are you aware of a philosophical concept called externalism?
You'll find your answer there.

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Are you aware of a philosophical concept called externalism?
You'll find your answer there.


Only superficially.

Assuming we're not "brains in a bottle" and assuming you understand the true nature of a "thing":

If someone is a bad artist, what should you about it apart from arguing semantics on the web?


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