Kurt Elling in The Beauty of All Things
Are you beautiful or is it just me?
It is a commonly held axiom that Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I can appreciate that perspective, but what if we playfully considered a different point of view?
One idea I’d like to entertain is the notion that Beauty is objective.
I see the quality we call Beauty as one which exists independently of our capacity to recognize it.
In other words, just because we don’t SEE the beauty in someone doesn’t mean that beauty is absent.
As Carl Sagan was fond of saying, “The absence of evidence isn’t evidence of absence.”
The myth of “the ugly”
The word “ugly”, in my opinion, is simply a label we use to express our inability to perceive the beauty inherent in a particular person, place, or condition.
“Ugliness” isn’t something you see. It’s an assumption or idea that prevents you from seeing something.
The experience of “seeing ugliness” indicates a gap in our perception. Somewhere in our process of observation, our mind is failing to make the connections that would cause us to see the presence of beauty as self-evident.
Ellen Parr said “The cure for boredom is curiosity.” I suggest the cure for “ugliness” is a sense of appreciation and aesthetic aptitude.
Beauty and the eye that beholds it
Beauty is divine and like all other qualities of The Infinite, it is present in all places at all times. Divine Beauty is expressing itself through all. Our acknowledgement of the divinity in any person, place, or condition, allows the awareness of It’s beauty into our vision.
We see beauty by looking for it.
We look for beauty by presupposing its presence everywhere.
This attitude is the inner eye that beholds beauty in all things.
The next time you say “She’s ugly, “He’s ugly”, or “That’s ugly”, maybe you should ask yourself “What am I missing?”
That’s my two cents. What do you think?