Vitality defends life feeling, will and emotional differences, and guarantees cultural creativity. Chinese aesthetics of vitality aims to transform traditional Chinese and western life aesthetics for the purpose of life from the history and reality that vitality has been despised and rejected by Confucianism and Taoism. First, from the Sui and Tang dynasties onwards, the relationship between the strength of individual life and that of the state was put forward in the history of Han Chinese, who were invaded outside and enslaved inside. Individuals could not defend their will and emotional dignity, and lost their fighting strength. The second part is a summary of the excellent culture of respecting vitality in Chinese literary classics formed by the worship of the divine power of life in ancient China, such as The Classic of Mountains and Rivers, National Style in The Book of Songs and Yuefu Ballads, putting forward the modernity issue of respecting vitality related to creativity. The third is to examine the pre-Qin philosophy under the influence of The Book of Changes, which led to small differences in philosophical problems caused by the life feeling of great unity and raised philosophical problems on utilitarianism, concluding with the necessity to establish belief in the complexity of life beyond utilitarianism. The fourth part is based on the fragile, nerdy and indignant phenomena of contemporary youth to analyze the strength and weakness of vitality, arguing that the strength of individual vitality is the foundation for individual construction in modern China.
aesthetics, Chinese dignity, excellent culture, feeling of great unity, strength and weakness
Wu, Xuan, Tiantian Cai, and Shu Yan. 2022. "Thoughts on Chinese Aesthetics of Vitality." Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art 42, (3): pp.11-20. https://tsla.researchcommons.org/journal/vol42/iss3/2