the inner looking man

a study on the birth of the quest to find free will might quite properly seek to spread its efforts of attainment across literature, theater, music and art that took place in the 19th and 20th century in America, Europe and beyond. Indeed we might visualize that the roots of this tree is composed of writers such a Baudelaire with his symbolist language in Les Fleurs du Mal and musicians such as Wagner with avant-garde projects that combined music and theater. But the question posed and the methodologies utilized to potentially fulfill them in a way that would satisfy the hunger that lack of free will imposes have suffered several radical changes throughout those years. In the US for instance the concept of the American Dream stirred citizens to go out to the streets and become part of a common cause. In that moment people wanted to make something for themselves and to change how things worked in their community. The idea that we are restrained by our contexts without even noting it and that free will might not necessarily come by directly in people’s life doubtlessly stroke them as an alarming idea that needed deep meditation. This new state of mind made them reconsider the ideal way to live (with everything that that entailed) and they suddenly understood when ancient writers such as Aristophanes were conveying those secret messages and life lessons in their plays. More importantly it changed the angle of the magnifying glass and pointed it to the human’s soul. Many writers of the time really took this new model and the subject of what they wrote radically changed into a more personal self-reflective level where memories were the main drivers of texts and inspiration

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