Consider this quote:
“Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.”
What is ‘Beauty’?
Is beauty an illusion, a construct of our mind or is it perhaps a fleeting glimpse into ‘reality’?
I’m with Jeff on this.
It seems to me that beauty does not exist in reality, it exists in the attitude and interpretation we bring to reality.
Cultivating the art of seeing beauty where-ever we look is powerful.
Hi OM – from an evolutionary perspective, the similarity of responses to beauty and fear is understandable. Our brains have evolved to remember things that are either very dangerous, or very beneficial – that the mechanisms used should be variations on a theme is just what evolutionary usually does – adapting existing mechanisms to new purposes. The need to prepare the body for escape in one instance (but not the other) doesn’t really cost that much in survival terms, so there is no real advantage (selection mechanism) to drive differentiation of responses.