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We shall have to begin by discarding the term aesthetic altogether. For these arts were not produced for the delectation of the senses. These sensations, which are the passions or emotions of the psychologist, are the driving forces of instinct. Plato asks us to stand up against the pulls of pleasure and pain. For these, as the word passion implies, are pleasant and unpleasant experiences to which we are subjected; they are not acts on our part, but things done to us; only the judgment and appreciation of art is an activity.  •  Ananda K. Coomarswamy