A Mystical Panorama of Life
Feelings, or emotions, are understood here in the classical sense, as the internal motions of our spirit, and something which often escapes our control. They are often an expression of some contradiction hidden within us, which paradoxically acquires the characteristics of a dynamism impossible to ignore. It is therefore difficult, if not impossible, to give an unequivocal answer to the question about its origin and its causes. This is because here we brush against our “other self”, our second nature, one which most frequently surprises ourselves and, if not simply embarrassing, might perhaps be even shameful. Psychology, or psychoanalysis, try to describe feelings in a variety of ways, attempting to find out how far they reflect the attitudes which we suppress and how far they are part of our nature. The matter of their identity and character is also a question about pain, fear, joy, envy, i.e., the states of our psyche which colour and determine our everyday reality to the greatest degree. They are something which we can examine as if from the outside, which we can try to control, evaluate, perhaps even shape. When we live through them, we experience very strongly our limitedness and fragility – or, simply, the truth about our human condition.
Chopin, as an artist, must undoubtedly have been particularly susceptible to feelings. His music, but perhaps also his personality, not only “fed” off them, but must have allowed them to be displayed, to become their expression. However, it would be...
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