Aestheticism and Cycling

For the past few months or so, I’ve been all about safety and preventing heart disease.

Lest, we forget what this is all about, I’ll rehash.

Fun!

Cycling, for me, most of all is fun.

Loud machine noises, death, yellow vests, helmets, rights, fitness, health, weight, and rules are NOT FUN.

Most fun of all, is riding in well designed infrastructure.

It’s as if I were taken care of by a higher maternal being. A beautiful kind nanny. 🙂

Recently, when doing other research, I came on this:

Aestheticism (or the Aesthetic Movement) is an art movement supporting the emphasis of aesthetic values more than socio-political themes for literature, fine art, music and other arts. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aestheticism]

This is definitely how I view cycling. Getting to the venue needs to be just as fun and beautiful as the venue itself. Forget about commuting and traffic and impatience and efficiency.

In with the joy of climbing a steep hill and of feeling one getting better and better, every day, with almost no effort.

This sums it up:

“The British decadent writers were much influenced by the Oxford professor Walter Pater and his essays published during 1867–68, in which he stated that life had to be lived intensely, with an ideal of beauty.”

Thus, the notion of beauty has to be outside as well as in.

There’s more:

“Writers of the Decadent movement used the slogan “Art for Art’s Sake” (L’art pour l’art), the origin of which is debated.”

Yes, or we could say, “cycling for cycling’s sake”; sounds like a motto.

“The artists and writers of Aesthetic style tended to profess that the Arts should provide refined sensuous pleasure, rather than convey moral or sentimental messages.”

Yes! Screw the environment, let’s ride our bicycles because it gives us a great deal of sensuous pleasure.

“The artists and writers of Aesthetic style tended to profess that the Arts should provide refined sensuous pleasure, rather than convey moral or sentimental messages.”

Exactly. I have always felt the same about infrastructure. I want it regardless of the safety factor because it gives me a lot of pleasure. The fact that it is super safe is only icing on the delicious cake.

“These perspectives opposed or deemphasized the importance of the rationality of human beings. Instead, they concentrated on the experience of one’s own existence.”

Yes! We don’t have to get around in the most efficient manner. We don’t have to live our lives like adults. We don’t have to impress humorless and prissy people.

We only have to ride our bicycles and enjoy the cool and refreshing breeze on our skin!

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