2 January 2009 1 Comment
Earlier this week I was a passenger in a car for almost five hours from Missouri to Chicago, a pretty unusual situation to find myself in. I tried to make the most of the restful opportunity despite the all-too-slowly waning symptoms of my mega-cold. I watched the barren winter Illinois landscape go by and meditated on beauty, the goodness of God and art farms.
On beauty, my mind came back to this combination of quotes from earlier in the year that I thought was worth reposting.
We don’t want merely to see beauty . . . We want something else which can hardly be put into words — to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.
– C.S. Lewis
Endeavouring to purchase something we think beautiful may in fact be the most unimaginative way of dealing with the longing it excites in us, just as trying to sleep with someone may be the bluntest response to a feeling of love. What we seek, at the deepest level, is inwardly to resemble, rather than physically to possess, the objects and places that touch us through their beauty.
– Alain de Botton