No-Pill #34 For The Love of Beauty

— Nothing Has Value Without It

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“Unchain your mind from the regurgitated aesthetics fed by mainstream society. Upload this feature into your psyche and step into a world where art is a tool for individual growth, an emotional fuel, and a mirror of your values. Discover how engaging with aesthetics can amplify your personal development and assert your unique individuality. Make this journey not on someone else’s terms, but on yours.”

Art, music, drama, literature—your aesthetics—are not just frivolous indulgences. They are rational pursuits to be taken seriously, to be revered. They provide important increments of emotional fuel, not some whimsical, fleeting emotional high, but a profound, deep-seated psychuous pleasure that permeates your existence. They are not mere distractions or pastimes; they are necessities, key elements in the growth of your psychological and spiritual[1] well-being.

Aesthetics aren’t just about the pleasure they provide, though. They reflect your most important values in a tangible, concrete way, like a mirror that holds up to your soul, revealing truths that might otherwise remain hidden. It’s like a personal roadmap, charting out the landscape of your inner life, your beliefs, your principles.

Aesthetics aren’t just a way to pass the time; they’re a way to fuel your ambitions, to stoke the fires of your aspirations. They serve as powerful emotional fuel, propelling you to seek ever greater personal growth and achievements. They’re not just about finding pleasure in the beauty of a painting, the harmony of a song, the drama in a play, the depth in a novel. They’re about extracting emotional sustenance from them, drawing out inspiration, motivation, and strength.

But it’s not enough to simply consume aesthetics; one must engage with them, interact with them. It’s not a passive exercise; it’s active. It demands your attention, your thought, your emotion. It’s not about being spoon-fed a pre-packaged experience; it’s about discovering your own unique interpretation, your own unique reaction.

To neglect the pursuit of aesthetics is to deprive oneself of a crucial source of emotional fuel, of psychuous pleasure. It is to stifle one’s growth, to limit one’s potential. It is to reject a vital tool in the quest for personal growth and achievement.

Many people mistakenly believe that an individual’s reaction to art—be it music, literature, visual or performing—is an unfathomable, unrealistic experience with no practical use. However, the reality is quite different. An affirmative response to art is a tangible event which mirrors an individual’s most profound, significant principles. These principles can be either objective or neurotic. For instance, individuals with destructive tendencies may express positive reactions to art which echoes neurotic principles, non-principles, or even the destruction of values.

Another misconception is that art is completely subjective and cannot be objectively evaluated. However, with enough understanding, all forms of art can be assessed using clear, objective criteria. These objective assessments can consider factors such as the artist’s sense of life, the theme conveyed, the level of execution skill, the distinct style, and the integrity of the presentation.

The enjoyment one gets from a piece of art is often due to the alignment of the artist’s values and worldview with their own. On the other hand, the appreciation of an art piece stems from the viewer’s assessment of the artist’s talent, aesthetic, and honesty. Even if an individual doesn’t agree with the values, worldview, or theme of an artwork, they can still appreciate the artist’s technical abilities or artistic style.

A prevalent misconception suggests that most of the world-renowned artists—including composers, painters, sculptors, and novelists—lived in destitution and went unrecognized during their lifetimes. This myth conveniently serves as a cover for faux artists, amateurs, or state-funded “artists” who never invest the necessary time and effort into learning, training, and practicing to develop the skills needed to create art that can be sold in free markets.

Most enduring artists of universal acclaim have traditionally been acknowledged during their lifetimes, often at the start of their careers. The majority of these exceptionally creative artists reaped financial and emotional benefits throughout their professional lives. Their work, inherently valuable and acknowledged as such, made their creations not only sought after in their own time, but also throughout history. Moreover, an artist’s work typically holds value proportionate to the thoughtful effort the artist invested in honing and executing their craft. Any notion of success stemming from sheer talent or luck is a deceptive myth propagated by jealous individuals, deceitful opportunists and others who fall short of success.

Another misconception about art is the belief that a person’s dislike for a piece of art equates to their lack of understanding of it. Usually, if someone does not appreciate a piece of art, it’s primarily because the work is either poorly done or it contradicts the individual’s personal values.

Art, with its potential to profoundly reflect emotional values, can be admired, cherished, and relished for these attributes. However, it’s important to remember that the artwork is an extension of its creator, and as such, it cannot be spiritually claimed or owned by anyone else. This stands true even though the physical ownership and copyrights of art can be transferred or sold.

… So, engage with your aesthetics. Revel in them. Draw out their emotional fuel and use it to power your journey to greater personal growth and achievement. Let them reflect your values, your beliefs, your principles. Let them illuminate your path to becoming a better, more fulfilled person.

In doing so, you assert your individuality, establish your own values, principles, and standards. You assert your will and freedom to work hard within that framework, and not some framework determined by others. Because in the end, it’s not about conforming to someone else’s standards; it’s about defining and living by your own.

[1] “Spiritual” does not refer to any kind of religious or supernatural belief. Rather, it’s speaking to the non-material aspects of human life: our consciousness, our emotions, our values, our desires, our goals, our sense of self, our sense of purpose. These are the aspects of our life that can’t be measured or quantified, but are nonetheless real and significant.

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