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Interview with Frithjof Schuon - on Art
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Interview with Frithjof Schuon - on Spirituality
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This is taken from a transcript of a 1995 interview with the eminent
Perennialist thinker and writer Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998).

Question: With beauty, there is what one might call an ambiguous element, since it can be conducive to a worldly self inflatedness or on the contrary to a remembrance of the Divine. What is it about certain arts—music, poetry and dance, for example—that makes the ambiguous element more pronounced in them?

Frithjof Schuon: Painting and sculpture are in a way more cerebral and objective than poetry, music and dance, which are more psychic and subjective; therefore the ambiguous element is more pronounced in these three arts.
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