when symmetry is disagreeable?


‘In fact, in human-made art, especially in painting, its seems a light bit of asymmetry is desirable and found to achieve a higher aesthetic satisfaction.’*

‘Money comes to money.  Education to education, and ignorance to ignorance.  Those once victimised by history are likely to be victimised yet again.  And those whom history has privileged are more likely to be privileged again.’**

Can people change?

Symmetry and cycle is something life falls into, including human life.  For a few, this is good news.  For most people, it is bad news.

So we have to be thankful there’s also an asymmetry to life.  Some hope to change things by imposed order; others by an emerging order.

Asymmetry needs symmetry to be noticeable; indeed they need each other.  We appreciate both the roundness of the earth and also the irregularity of the mountains standing upon the irregular shapes of the continents.

When it comes to a human life, we all need something we’re not, something we don’t have, in order to be break out of recycling the same old same old, into a narrative, a journey, a drama.

(*From Alan Lightman’s The Accidental Universe.)
(**From Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens.)


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