The Use of Beauty

Nothing can be wholly beautiful, Rudyard Kipling wrote, that is not useful. I think Kipling was wrong. Pure beauty is quite separate from usefulness. Beauty, like truth, is a rare quality. It is almost unique. Its only purpose is to affect your emotions and in doing so it may change your philosophy and your life. Beauty does this almost without you realising that it is doing this. Whether this is useful or not I cannot say. And beauty, like truth and rarity, is enclosed in a cycle of death and rebirth, from cinders to form and back again, never ending. Treasure its shade, when you see it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: