Beauty heals us and beckons us and helps us make lives of meaning and purpose. It is essential, far more than window dressing or icing on the cake. In our times – which too often feel downright harrowing – a glimpse of
the beautiful, the swift uptake of breath when we are surprised by beauty, can call us back to ourselves. It reminds us why we are here, what we are to do in this life.
Thoughts on beauty from ministers in our faith tradition – old and modern – separated by nearly two centuries:
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The world is not painted or adorned, but is from the beginning beautiful; And God has not made some beautiful things, but Beauty is the creator of the universe.”
UU minister Sean Parker Dennison writes, “The ability to see beauty is the beginning of our moral sensibility. What we believe is beautiful we will not wantonly destroy.”
Take some time to notice the beauty around you. Savor the world and work to save it.