‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ - Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
The pure subjectivity of beauty gives us all permission to look for that which re-enchants the world we live in, a glimpse beyond the veil of dehumanisation deep into the heart of our collective artistry. The proliferation of beauty awaits our romantic idealism and altruistic endeavour inviting us to engage our imagination as co-creators with God.
Beauty is not just seen and imagined but discovered and presented as an extension of our human evolution. It awakens our sensory initiative to move the human race forward into new places of adventure. The aesthetic of beauty redraws the boundary lines of consent, lest we settle in our familiarity and revel in our progress blinded to the possibility of so much more. Beauty is the epitome of progressive thinking and liberation theology, constantly addressing social injustice and reform, a creative expression that enacts societal transformation.
When it comes to divine intervention beauty is the metaphor we turn to for help, this transcendent guardian that ubiquitously overshadows all of life, rising every day like the sun to shine light on our shadowy existence. And yes, there is a beast in all of us that tries to shut her down and quench the spirit of freedom and love that demands our wholehearted attention.
“If it’s not Baroque, don’t fix it.” – Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast)
We spend so much of our time trying to fix what we think is broken in our lives and miss the beauty that is in, and all around us. Beauty says you are not broken but a work in progress, a masterpiece that is still emerging and becoming. Maybe our beast-ly-ness is what we see when we take our eyes off the beauty?
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. - Ecclesiastes
Look for beauty, embrace her and she will introduce you to something eternal hiding in your heart.