The Way to Renaissance
If we want to live life according to what we should be accomplishing here on this Earth, then there’s something we must consider. Aesthetics, as defined by Norberto Keppe, is inner equilibrium. Any civilization that would like to penetrate into the created reality has to recognize that art is the foundation of civilization. Art is not a luxury or a by-product of civilization. It is an indispensable underpinning upon which civilization is constructed. Every nation enters the world of culture and civilization through the arts. This base, the principle foundation of science and development, occurs in a country only through art.
As the diagram shows, Keppe affirms that there are three basic interacting elements of our human essence always working together, i.e. thought (reason) together with feeling (love) and together with aesthetics (beauty). Only when these three elements are interacting harmoniously do they function properly, without distortions. Aesthetics has a fundamentally important role here because it is the unifying factor between thought and feeling. Where there is a complete disregard for aesthetics there is no true reasoning – and without aesthetics there is no love.
Aesthetic development is automatically embraced as a common base by all those sectors of society who wish to leave behind the corruption and insignificance with which they are presently suffocated. We have many historic evidences of this fact and perhaps the clearest was the Italian Renaissance. When the arts began to flourish in 15th century Italy (initially by copying what were then newly found ancient Greek statues from the profoundly artistic Hellenic period), immediately all the other sectors of society also experienced a proportional development. This shows us that art has the unique role of connecting together all the different aspects of society no matter how varied one from the other.
“No one can be good without having love for the arts: the very word ethics is related to aesthetics, for rectitude of character depends upon inner balance, which is aesthetics. It is impossible to know anything without contact with aesthetics.
And if civilization is perishing, it is because it has altogether forgotten its soul, its heart; that is, those who strive for beauty in life.”*
*Liberation of the People - The Pathology of Power, Norberto Keppe
Over the Rainbow Live Performance
Autumn Leaves Live Performance
Liberation of the People
- The Pathology of Power