Saturday, August 06, 2005

"Order is the shape upon which beauty depends."

A quote from Pearl Buck: "Order is the shape upon which beauty depends."

My stock in trade is making things look lovely; or rather, it is to capture and preserve then display the beauty that is already around us.

There are many studies about beauty. And it all boils down to the point that all humans, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, etc. find balanced things beautiful.

Order, balance, beauty.

Is disorder ugly? Or is it uncomfortable?

A friend recently looked around a room and sighed happily, "This is beautiful, wonderful. I love this."

I looked around the room and felt tired. She saw beauty in the chaos of fifteen young children running, screaming, crying, laughing, and yelling. She saw a pattern, order. Her quilt was woven and beautiful in that room. I saw disorder. My quilt was unraveling.

In the end, it is all about point of view, so beauty is quite dependent not upon order, but upon the perception of what shapes order holds.

I find this beautiful, do you?



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