Beauty and the Road
“True beauty does not solely reside in what is already simply pleasing to the eye. It resides, first and foremost, in desire and passion. True beauty is something that moves towards the Road, that is to say nothing but the relentless path towards an open life, towards a life where you can stay true to all promises.”
This loosely translated quote was originally said by François Cheng, a university professor who is originally from China and lives in France. His ‘Five meditations on beauty” are reflections that are worth reading. It may seem incongruous to speak of beauty these dark days when blind violence and hypertrophic selfishness accompany immense natural and ecological catastrophes. However, let us remember that contemplating beauty can be a way to contrast the ugly and the evil that afflict us.