In this I am aiming at composing a brief ‘Theory of Aesthetic Morality’ based upon the notion of life as an artistic mode. Morality is a brush with which we paint our versions of beauty into the world. Is morality the key to understanding one’s personal theory of aesthetic? Is it the other way around; or is there even a concrete connection at all between the two?
Think of those moral heroes of history however you want to define them; did they not see something superlatively beautiful somewhere within this universe and its possibilities? Did they not in reaction recreate shards of that potential beauty to become manifest in the world of exterior observation through their actions. One cannot create a simple explanation for the word ‘beauty’ as within and without the observer there will always be argument of what is beautiful. As real as the paint on a canvas is our life observed by others; as is their life influenced by their interactions with us, including the implied reciprocity of their influences upon ourselves.
We paint our lives in many ways we are not capable of controlling, as real as textures of color but in an abstract universe without and beyond the senses. A world of the mind, a world with scents, sounds, sights, feelings, and flavors just beyond conscious grasp. These are trails we make though experience. Trails which are predominately the forgeries, the impressions, of ourselves composed by others, yet they define us in such a more grandiose way than our own internal impressions of our personal truth ever could.
Systems of Morality and Ethics fundamentally govern the many ways we interact with others; likewise do they produce many spectrums of something akin to shades of perception, or feelings including emotions about us from those we interact with. In this way our behavioral codes of conduct are paintbrushes that color our practical infinitum of our speculated identities. The strange thing is that I find it hard to determine if it is not actually an aesthetic drive which is at the heart of the (generally) human will to morality.