The Aesthetic Life


Posted in Uncategorized by jonflynn on August 26, 2009

This is my first attempt at a blog. To bring possible readers up to speed, I am currently enrolled in a class about The Art of Living. Part of this class is to make a blog. And this is it.

I suppose I should tell a little about myself. I’m a triple major (kind of an accident) at UNCW in physics, psychology, and philosophy. I currently reside in the Honors Hall as the only male RA. I have an optimistic temperament usually, and of course I like long walks on the beach.

I chose the name of the blog as a pun on the ascetic life, something I did for a while, but am trying to break myself out of. They are not necessarily exclusive, but I think the goal of the aesthetic (one who pursues a beautiful life) and the ascetic are very different.

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  1. Jeremy said, on September 8, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    This intersects interestingly with the idea of Epicureanism–a sort of ascetic aesthetic. Well, not really, in comparison with real ascetic groups like certain early Christians, Jains, Shakers, and the Amish and Mennonites, but Epicureans are decidedly ascetic when contrasted with the ethos of modern industrial life.

    So how do we, then, find the balance, the beautifully simple?

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