Monday, April 27, 2009

April 27: He Dared to See Forbidden Beauty (Vol. 5, pp. 297-310)

Ralph Waldo Emerson died this day in 1882, so to mark the occasion, we get his musings on the concept of beauty.

"All our science lacks a human side," wrote Emerson, and it's a good thing too. Humans would just mess it up.

"Beauty is the form under which the intellect prefers to study the world," wrote Emerson. Not quite. Beauty can often be a distraction.

Emerson is over-emoting in his essay, "On Beauty," but considering how much that beauty is feared by the puritanical among us, perhaps he's not that far off the mark.

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