Monday, April 30, 2012


Saito states in her conclusion on p.163 that the appropriate aesthetic appreciation must have a moral capacity for recognizing and respecting nature as having its own reality apart from ours and with its own story to tell. I do believe that appreciation grows from education as does she. If you don't understand the power or even talent needed to create a piece of art you are unable to appreciate it. It almost makes me think that it's somewhat like the saying "you don't know until you try." Some can't understand the amount of thought that goes into a piece or the amount of stress it can create if it isn't turning out like planned. The aesthetics of nature seems to fall in the same category. If we have no education on the subject, we fail to understand the complexity. Often times it damages the appreciation of nature because we don't take the time to understand what it means to us and the environment as a whole.

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