Sunday, December 3, 2017

Love of the World; The Human Condition


 Fred Stein photo of Hannah Arendt, 1944, http://www.fredstein.com/portrait-portfolio/

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. "What is most difficult," Arendt writes, "is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it." And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous rejection. Above all it means the unwavering facing up to and comprehension of that which is.

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    1. Isn't it? Fred Stein. He has an interesting story and a lot of good photographs on his site. Photography is an art that speaks to me. I can look at photographs for a long time.

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    at time i did news paper photography and
    painting after several years i
    became disinterested in both a still life is just -
    for me not a true 'picture ' of how things are
    we can imagine how it is but there is always discrepancy's
    ls just still and a photograph ,static both are
    unrealistic - life is ever fluid always moving i put most of
    my art in a pile and set them on fire and discarded phots -
    - to note this not a recommendation - but just a incite
    of how the mind \ soul \sole, sworks ; my thought process
    on this subject has now degraded so i am getten out of
    here -------

    Happy blessings boK______________________________________

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    1. Hey bob, being a lover a photography, I would like to have seen some of your photography. I like to think that by looking at some of those things that you "captured", held still for just a fraction of a second, I could get a glimpse of your soul. That's why I think that Photography is magic. You can actually capture that always moving, always changing thing and hold it in your hand, examine it, take your time and look at what is always just out of reach.
      blessings too.

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  3. thank you thank you
    will look for some old photos
    may take some time
    Blessings -------boK

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