Art, however, destroys one’s equilibrium strictly from the standpoint of perception. Or rather, the destruction or perhaps proliferation of perception is lumped together and called art. Unsurprisingly, then, one recognizes in art a clear effectiveness and sense of purpose. The demand for such effectiveness in art rests less on the artist’s subjectivity or the recipient’s desire for self-improvement than it does on the much more powerful social situation. For despite individual differences, a person’s inner balance between reason perception (knowledge is precisely the internal dialogue brought about by external reality) goes beyond these and involves a social and historical background, one that can certainly be categorized by such common factors as period, class, and ethnic-national characteristics.