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Re: Beauty

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Mon, 9 Nov 1998 21:08:26 EST

<< Several correspondents have been reflecting on the relation of beauty to
violence (and its hazards). I think a good deal of our hesitation to find
beauty in violence has to do with moral reservations we have about valuing
anything that does harm. But think of forms of violence that don't
involve one person hurting another--the violence of a storm, for example.
many painters, coomposers, poets, and novelists have found violent storms
to be quite beautiful. Look at the success of the recently published A
PERFECT STORM. But, this makes me wonder what it is about violence in the
storm that makes people think of it as beautiful. Any ideas?
Ron Moore

Perhaps its energy, making us realize that we are a part of nature and not in
control of it. Perhaps the storm appeal puts us in touch with our deeper
selves, the impersonal part that is a part of nature and not separated from
it. I think mentally we separate ourselves so much from nature, which is what
we are that we are lonely for its energy? I know nothing beats walking in
wind for me.