My sort of slogan is: In search of the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. That is what I've determined to be my broad vocation in life. Those qualities are eternal, and I don't think could ever soundly be argued as negative. To behold what is true, what is good and what is beautiful, I believe, is ultimately a positive, soul-sustaining experience.

Take for instance confronting a truth, say for example, that one is gluten intolerant. Embracing that truth will lead to freedom, because that person will begin to feel better and be liberated from their sluggishness, brain-fog, indigestion and whatever symptoms the allergy presents. Whatever the analogy, truth always brings freedom.

Think about an act of kindness, an example of goodness, an altruistic move of a stranger to help you when you've been having a bad day. It inspires us, touches our hearts, reminds us that in all our toil, and suffering, reality is, as good 'ol Samwise Gamgee responded to Frodo's desperation, indeed more good than it is bad: "There is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for!" The world is not an amorphous  mix of good and bad, but rather goodness prevails, like a sail. The sail has hole but the ship still moves. Evil is not a thing, like holes are not a thing, just a lack of the presence of goodness. The good news is that we have the power to bring good into those holes. That, in fact, I believe is our duty and a very rewarding one to fulfill.

Lastly, Beauty. As a visual artist and an art enthusiast, I take great pleasure and consolation in beholding beauty. Whether it is in the greenery and majestic cloud plumes of a country vista, the intricate details and mastery of light and color in a painted masterpiece or the ingenious design of a tabby cat's furry patterns as if it were make-up adorning its eyes and nose and chin. Beauty inspires, lifts us up out of ourselves and our mundane preoccupations to contemplate something higher, something more eternal. We are left with the image or sound of beauty in our minds, dwelling there to be recalled when all else seems dim and ugly.

Though all three of these things are important I would like to place  "The Beautiful" in the limelight this time. I recently came upon a very good documentary about beauty, what it is, what it isn't and why it is important. As you will find out in this film, we have somewhat lost our understanding of beauty and the result is a post-modern spiritual depression.We have need to regain something that was understood in former centuries when life in many respects was simpler. True beauty will inspire and continue to better us, not bore and make zombies of us.

Hope you enjoy Why Beauty Matters, by philosopher Roger Scruton


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