Hamilton Arts & Letters
As artists we’re now too sophisticated to delight in eye candy, but we’ve taken the austere to an extreme; we’ve become anti-aesthetic culturati educati! One wonders at art that embraces boredom and rejects sensuality like a Protestant Reformation. That movement dispensed with stained glass windows to free us from the seduction of the senses. Without distractions we now sit in a room of white walls the better to think about God. The libido or energy from sensation was channeled to intellect, producing a development of intellectual and scientific thought in the 17th to 19th century also known as “the disenchantment of the world”. Today we read that people think too much and have lost touch with their instincts, especially so in the arts where this situation is highly praised. A review of the current cultural topology says that’s just plain wrong.
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