Saturday, November 10, 2012

Neoplatonism in English Renaissance

The four humors in English Renaissance were each considered to be embodied by a respective body fluid and our unique personalities were the results of the many different concoctions of these fluids in our bodies. To the greatest degree, there was also an attainable ideal state, in which there was perfect balance and harmony between each body fluid in relation to the body and each other. Likewise, chronic emotions were supposedly derived from the fluids and optimal emotions were similarly suggested upon.   Interestingly enough, the sensation we know as ecstasy is one of these optimal feelings. But it is also reminiscent of the neoplatonic view point of transcending reality to momentarily come in touch with god. Such was ecstasy that one's happiness was no longer any derivation of happiness, but instead superseded all joyful rapture as a true form of bliss, considered god-like or angelic.

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