And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music”.Let’s dance! Nietzsche on music and dancing.
Alain de Button, in his book “The Architecture of Happiness”, puts forth an argument for the aesthetic virtues of architecture claiming “beauty lies between the extremities of order and complexity.”
He quotes the German philosopher, Novalis,
“In a work of art, chaos must shimmer through the veil of order.”
In a similar way, Nietzsche talks about the divine dichotomy between Dionysus and Apollo in conceptualising the body. Dionysus as the god of wine and dance, of chaos, in contrast to Apollo the god of the sun, of logic and order. Rather than being opposites, these two forces work together within us giving beauty to form and form to beauty.
If wine is experienced as embodied pleasure, this divine dichotomy is certainly at play.
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