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Mark Rothko: Transcendent Emotion

Utter Rapture

“There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul.” – Arnold Bennett

Taoism is one of the most eminent religious and philosophical constitutions of Eastern Asia. Cultivated for over two millennia, Taoism endured years of transformation and interpretation, yet has retained its basic principles. Tao (or Dao) translates as the “path” or “way” of life; therefore, Taoism speaks to the ebbs and flows, balance and orderliness, of the universe (Hansen, C., 2007). Due to its fluid nature, Taoism speaks to the impermanence of all things. Existence is the lack of the eternal, as nothing is everlasting. The process of decay is then just as encompassing as birth or renewal. Continue reading