Works of the Spirit


It's time to put aside the dogmatic views about reality that have taken root since Platonism, reality or fantasy? Cave wall shadow? Let the discussions go on, Friedrich Nietzsche puts them aside and leaves us in the arms of art.

Nietzsche East of Tragedy"Existence and the world find their eternal truth only as aesthetic phenomena." And since he describes the world as a work of art that gives birth to itself in the fragment in Nachlass, he carries himself to an aestheticist position. Like Orpheus, he presents the reader with a world that the interpreter claims to have been created by himself or seems to suggest.

When we look at life and today's age - speed - is everyone's criterion, our race against time has become everyone's nightmare, or at least it is the nightmare of those who suffer from it. Those who use the concept of speed for intertemporal travel, on the other hand, enjoy a different kind of pleasure.

 What I mean by time travel is: Have you ever felt like going back in time by going to the Archaeological Museum and doing it not just once, but many times? Have you witnessed the change of time in the workmanship of that stone, between the fingerprints of the master who touched it? Have you dreamed of the magnificent moonlight paintings of Ivan Ayvazovski, among the rooms of the current Painting and Sculpture Museum, in the Crown Office of Dolmabahçe Palace? Reading these lines may lead you to think that I am romantic, when we look at the etymology of the word nice romanus from the adjective Romanicus a secondary adjective in the form of 'Roman attitude' that means  If we think that the adverb is derived, we can also live in a Roman manner against the pace of life. Besides, if life wasn't a romantic adventure, it would be something metallic like a sci-fi set. Long story short, what I'm talking about is more about "slowing down life" than romance. Not to rush while seeing, listening, feeling, tasting,
 'to be calm'.

Whatever it is you see, before you upload your own meaning signs, try to understand what it is, be calm. Developing such an attitude will put us in the category of "peaceful people". This is how people live, says Nietzsche, who are not yet caught up in the dizzying hustle and bustle of our fast age, and who do not take pleasure in throwing themselves pagan under the wheels of the age. Imagination and drunkenness must begin with a Nietzschean blessing. He should live by knowing how to read between the lines, without treating the inanimate or living objects we see as dead.

It is a fact that our experiences leave traces that transform us. In this sense, works of art are various reflections of man's transformation of his own existence. The counter-movement of our life, which is covered with religious and moral rules close to corruption, is art.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra Those who read his work will remember, Spirit of WeightIn his section titled '', Nietzsche describes the approach to life of a human type who has a world theory and artistic understanding in line with his thought. It is said that "life is too heavy" and "life is too difficult to sustain" when one feels that there is no more strength to act, that one feels exhausted. Yes, the life we ​​live is a heavy burden, in fact, when we look closely at these words, we see that these thoughts about life are quite common. This common belief manifests itself more clearly with the following questions: "Isn't it hard to live life? “Why is life so painful?

 Books that will answer these questions and explain how to deal with life have been on the bestseller shelf for a long time. In fact, the fact that one finds the answers ready for how to live life and how to enjoy it reinforces the prejudice that life is heavy and difficult, and in Nietzsche's words, it makes the soul more heavy and weakens one's power of action.

 So what are we gonna do?

Moving from the heavy spirit of life to the spirit of lightness is possible through an aesthetic process in which we distill our tastes by creating a unique understanding of taste by transforming the person's existence into various transformations.

Before giving the answer to this transformation with examples from daily life, I would like to share a text by Nietzsche on this subject. Nietzsche, who starts by saying art against the spirit of gravity, first talks about the contribution of art to people, and says that it will teach by making people feel different, or at least by feeling the sensations belonging to them in a "different" way. He depicts the spirit of heaviness and the spirit of lightness as the moments of their existential transformations by analogy with various animals; gives examples of cuttlefish, fox, ostrich, mussel, mole, camel, pig, donkey and parasite. The spirit of lightness is; horse and eagle. Accordingly, by looking at how a person sees the world in terms of aesthetics and the delicacy in their tastes, we can discern what animal this person has become. Our tastes and tastes, which are crushed under the weight of an unsophisticated spirit and lose their shape, disappear before they are formed.

I don't know how many of you agree with me about surrendering to art and artists, but they did not lose the subject of life, did not ignore their senses, did not get lost in the rush of daily life and knew how to take a step outside. The influence of works of art, perhaps hidden in this, is still impressive, the talisman that the spirit that creates art does not sleep and does not lose.

As Zarathustra said " one's tastes and the sense of taste that gives him pleasure are vital to determining one's different path.'' With the development of our tastes and tastes, a person can transform himself and differentiate himself from other people, illuminating and revealing his own existence. Having a special taste and being able to establish a refined judgment of taste are the means of transforming the spirit of heaviness into the spirit of lightness. For such a transformation, one must expose oneself to the influence of works of art.

For this reason, my advice to you is to do yourself a favor;

 Erik Satie's musical invention that joyous Gnossiennes look to be happy in your work,

Read The Thousand and One Nights by listening to the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's composition Scheherazade,

Examine Monet's paintings accompanied by Debussy's works in the background,

Try to see the trace of Jesus' body on the shroud after he ascended to the sky, in that final touch hidden within the body lines, in Yves Klein blue,

Watch the dramatic parade of Puccini operas,

Dedicate a New Year's Eve evening to Tchaikovsky and let you experience the naivety of childhood again in The Nutcracker Ballet,

Watch Alexander Ekman's Summer Midsummer Night's Dream and dream of a Dali painting,

Vs… etc… etc… the list is long but you are too lazy to all of them, at least a glass of close to sunset Glenfiddich from Orhan Veli Kanık

I give myself whole
The engine is a sailboat;
If I fall for your beauty for a moment
Your vagrant life like a bird,

For my sake, accompanied by his verses…


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