What is Beauty?
What is Beauty? What qualities do you think something needs to exhibit in order to be considered to be beautiful to you? Is beauty restricted to simply visual things or can the concept be brought into other contexts? Do you think that your opinion of something's attractiveness can or has been influenced by your peers' opinions, or by corporations and advertising telling you what you should think is beautiful?
As they say, 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder,' and for this beholder it seems to be connected with colour, shape and design, but also in music. Some colours and combinations of colours appeal more than others, and like the church window in your image, it is also to do with the idea that some shapes and designs are more beautiful than others. Likewise with music, some music is lovely, pleasant to the ear, but sometimes a single chord or cadence, especially of a pipe-organ can reduce me to tears because of its great beauty of sound. The memory of something beautiful, whether seen, heard, touched smelled or felt, will continue for years. As Keats said, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." We do not need to physically possess the thing of beauty, except in our hearts.
Beauty is something that touches you and makes you smile. We each have our own idea of beauty, some things are more general than others.
Beauty is a selfless surrender of love! Of course ascetics are nice to see, but sometimes we may be fooled. In retrospect to the truest essence of and for an interior beauty, one must first understand how to give. If we do not understand a selfless love for one another, the entire global community becomes at risk of actually exterminating itself in terms of the beauty manifested within our already burning souls.
There has been a treasury of wealth written through the application of Truth we find through Scripture. And, the most beauty this author has seen has been through this wonder of selfless love in terms of taking the responsibility of initiating the selfless gift of self to some I truly love. Often times we do not witness to this kind of love unless we are at a stage of losing it. And more times than not, this is the manner in which we learn.
A man's wife is his perfect source of wealth for this kind of beauty and love. It may not be so much the outward beauty of the person (in terms of people), but the interior beauty that wells up when someone sees and recognizes the essence of sensitivity in and through a human relationship.
This giving, and sharing in a participation of Christ actually being Present in Spirit, and the communion of persons, helps guide us to a very real love (and beauty), that may only come through a refurbished heart and soul. One must first become foolish in order to become wise; and there remains no way around this, for as Augustine stated, "We may find one man made savage by love and another man made gentle by iniquity." Christ is right when He says "all knees must bow," and when truly through a beautiful act of contrition, we discover a hidden beauty within.
Through this selfless giving we come to a point within the beauty of the communion of persons where with a participation of Christ's Spirit, (a true blessing), we may come to experience what truly converts to a purely divine spiritual ecstasy only few are able to witness.
Instead of creating a spiritual genocide let us work together in re-thinking our desires as to what true beauty really is. The beauty of the soul is only lit when there becomes a reason for that beautiful light to shine. So, what are you waiting for, let your love shine through the selfless act of giving.
"Beauty is truth; truth beauty, --that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know." John Keats 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'
"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives." Albert Einstein
In words...marvelous, wonderful. pretty. beautiful, stupendous, attractive, vibrant, awe inspiring, magnificent, embellishment. exuberant; in the main, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What may be seen as beautiful to one, may not to another. It is all taken in retrospect and on a personal basis.
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