"Friendship and intimate affection are not the result of information, right, information about another person even though knowledge might further their formation. But it does so only as it becomes an integral part of sympathy through the imagination. It's when the desires and aims, the interests, and modes of response of another become an expansion of our own being that we understand her. We learn to see with her eyes, hear with her ears, and the results give true instruction for they're built into our own structure." John Dewey, Art and Civilization
I find this very beautiful and meaningful in that art-among other encounters in life-can open us up to a whole new world when we are intimate with it. When we take in an experience with the suspension of self, and the subjugation of mind, we are enriched through new knowledge of self and world.