Universality of existential resonance

How is it that aesthetic appeal on the existential level, in the form of drama, can work with so many people that it transcends gender, cultural and geographical boundaries? To quote American actor and singer Mandy Patinkin, “If [the artists] hit a nerve of universal simplicity, in all of us, in all different countries, that’s the magic moment” (Idato, 2018).

“The magic moment”: we are reminded of Heidegger’s attuned understanding of the temporality of time as Augenblick, the moment – when there is aletheia, the laying bare of the truth of being in full unconcealment.



Michael Idato, Homeland star Mandy Patinkin’s journey from fictional chaos to refugee advocacy, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February 2018 (http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/homeland-star-mandy-patinkins-journey-from-fictional-chaos-to-refugee-advocacy-20180206-h0uzwy.html).