‘The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition.’*
“Or, God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls. Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it.”**
(Jesus of Nazerath)
The saying goes that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we each see different things as beautiful.
An object can be beautiful but also an idea and a way of relating. It can be organic or inorganic, made with common or rare materials. It may be beautiful in a way that many people see or just one person.
Each of us is also capable of making beautiful things. Not easily. Nothing worthwhile appears quickly or easily. Beauty is costly in terms of time and effort and learning and resources. Beauty requires love and sacrifice. For the beauty we behold, we will have had to ignore or give up other beauties. Nothing can be given up or die easily and this is what required.
Beauty is as much about the process as the result.
(*From Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth.)
(**Jesus of Nazareth in Matthew 13:46; The Message.)