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Can Beauty Save the World?

On Dec 13, 2015 david doane wrote:

(Curious that I seem to struggle more with what to say about this topic than with any topic so far.)   For me, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or more accurately, in the soul of the beholder.  Beauty is that which catches my attention and touches my soul in a positive way, and I feel some amount of awe, joy, and appreciation.  There is a Greek saying that a thing of beauty is a joy forever.  Beauty stimulates my senses and imagination, and I am caught up in it, present to it and with it and disconnected from other realities of life for a few or many moments.  For me, an example of Beauty is a ballerina performing impeccably with grace and balance which simultaneously opens me to the impeccable grace and balance of Truth and Good.  The practice of being in the present, seeing and responding to what is happening brings Beauty into my work and life.  I suppose what appears as beauty pulls out a sliver of Beauty that is in the beholder.

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