Beauty, Creativity, and Healing
Edited By Bandy Lee, Nancy Olson and Thomas Duffy
Beauty and the Experience of Creation
by Florian Forestier[Translation from the French by Bandy Lee]
“She now lived in a song, a very sad song. A song without figures and which followed only footsteps, followed only the ground, and wept over faces barely seen because the melancholy of an era was upon them. She loved them in the notes of the song, the song that understood them so well, that knew so well all that they did not know; the song where everything is explained. She would have wanted to sing a song where everyone could let oneself go, where everyone would have been guided, where everyone would have been light. A song where everyone would say, but without sadness: I am old, I am history, I’m not going anywhere, but it’s a song; it’s the song that justifies everything.” Florian Forestier, Paysages [Landscapes]
Beauty manifests what is beyond us. It binds us and reveals our singularity—in this, as Elaine Scarry correctly underscored in her lecture, phenomenalizes more than ever an ethical need. Beauty calls above all to take care of beauty—to afford the possibility to find things beautiful, to give a future to the experience that we have from these because this experience is constitutive of our humanity. Beauty is another name for the experience of freedom, that is to say the possibility of creation. We would like to say a few words about the conditions that this experience makes possible, how it is tied to...
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