Before perception there was poetry

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But first, let’s trace back perception. Do you remember perceiving without concepts? Before concepts where taught to you? Each thing was a sort of … feeling … like a vibration. Unique, yes, yet not particularly interesting, not worthy of more than a split second attention.
Perception is a learned human ability consisting of memory and mental simulation or representation. The brain must remember the concepts, the meanings, the names and given interpretations for immediate material objects or natural phenomena. Then, after gathering sufficient concepts, the child’s brain is forced to choose between concepts he “likes” and concepts he “dislikes”. “Make up your mind! What do you want to do?” Then, he goes off in the world seeking to repeatedly rendezvous with presumably liked concepts and consistently avoid or run away from assumed despising concepts. The more attention he invests in this lifestyle of segregating the objects and situations appearing in his life experience, the greater the suffering. Why suffering? Because liked concepts always fail to deliver the satisfaction they promise. After all, they are nothing but mere make believe. Secondly, because one cannot control what will appear in his or her life experience.

Perception is the basis of all human knowledge.

Poetry and art came before perception. They go beyond mind.