17 August 2015
Quam Dilecta Tabernacula
When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st,
'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
--John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn
I found this article by Theodore Dalrymple at TakiMag, referencing the relentless campaign of ugliness in the political sphere, to be applicable generally. Keats had it right; the beautiful is true. Dalrymple notes that ugliness can be made available (and eventually mandatory) for all, whereas beauty takes effort and maintenance, and thus creates inequality. Something to chew on this Monday morning.