“…one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one’s own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.”
Despite our powerful intellect and “self-awareness”, we are still biological creatures tossed to and fro by hormonal and instinctual impulses.
Pain, fear, hunger, aggression, lust, longing – all inevitable consequences of life on earth. But escape from the baseness of our daily trod through life is possible. Through expressions and appreciation of art and science we can lift ourselves out of the biological soup and confinement of personal existence into the greater world of beauty, thought, and ideas.