The Splendour of Beauty’s Light

“If all people worked for the beautiful, and endeavoured to do the most beautiful things, everything people need in common, and the greatest good for each in particular, would be achieved.” – Aristotle

How the trees of the forest run deep into the soil, allowing for an interconnection that evades the naked eye, or as the stars remain in alignment with one another without running awry, that which connects us to the all, both life sustaining, ever changing, from spring into fall, allowing each one of us to be refined thro’ the splendour of beauty’s light.

Beauty is mainly experienced through sight, but it also engages other senses and modes of existence. It affects the way we feel and how we perceive reality. If something appears beautiful, then we naturally desire to behold it and/or want to possess it. We are inclined to see the beautiful as good and worthwhile.

Often we have heard it said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In other words it’s how we conceive of phenomena that displays the quality of beauty, not the actual thing itself. This is why some will cherish a sculpture while others long to trash it.

Thus beauty reveals itself through a peculiar awareness, which requires an intellectual rigour, coupled with a gentle intuition. Such bending and turning, contracting and letting go, allow us to dance around the beautiful until we ourselves begin to glow.

In order for this symmetrical arrangement to take form one must have acquired understanding of the beautiful. Take for instance a musician who studies classical music his life-long, and the amateur who only listens to classic rock. Each is given a score to practice written by Ludwig van Beethoven to perform on stage the following week. Based on this criterion it is obvious which of the two will likely sound more beautiful.

A beautiful composition comes about through the exercise of virtue. Patience, temperance, balance and vision are the unseen entities that give greatness to a work of art. Technique certainly plays a significant part, but virtues are the principles by which the artist must sacrifice his want and become one with beauty itself.


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4 Responses to The Splendour of Beauty’s Light

  1. I love this post Jason. Thank you for sharing.

  2. AA says:

    Nicely penned. I like the idea that beauty reveals itself to us, if we exercise patience, and allow it to do so.

    Once one acquire a particular skill they can let go off all rational thought, and be fully immersed in the task at hand – a state of effortless flow.

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