beauty and truth


Can we have one without the other?

‘How do you balance beauty and truth in your work?’*

They are not mutually exclusive.

Truth offers beauty.  Beauty produces truth.

This kind of magic to occurs best in your life and mine.  Not that we’re born with it.  It comes rom our journeying out from ourselves, towards others, towards the universe.  We all have truth to bring.  We all have beauty to bring.

Jack Nicholson’s character Colonel Nathan Jessup shouts down Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, played by Tom Cruise, “You can’t handle the truth.”  But truth is what we are uniquely shaped to seek and to handle in this universe.

Truth has set us free.  But truth without beauty has led us to some ugly places.

“Dazzling and tremendous how quick the sunrise would kill me, if I could not now and always send sunrise out of me.”**

(*From U.Lab Portobello.)
(**Walt Whitman, quoted in Lewis Hyde’s The Gift.)

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