Monday, November 28, 2005

Beauty of an Idea

Beauty of an Idea, Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, October 2003, Pentax Optio 555, Exposure 1/30 sec @ f3.2, ISO 320, no flash, © Steven Crisp

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal ..."

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but it is also in his mind. To me, beauty is not only found in nature, in things that are pleasing to the senses. Beauty also exists in ideas — in ideals — many of which may not be acceptable to all. It is so easy to get caught up with our day-to-day obligations and norms of the work-a-day world, that we lose sight of why it is we are alive. Of what really matters. And when we catch a glimpse, it may challenge the status quo. It may question our livelihood. It may impact our comfort. But sometimes these ideas take hold in spite of our conditioned resistance. Sometimes the resistance is well-organized. But occasionally, in spite of these conflicts, the idea will prevail, and it can begin to flower, until, after a time, it becomes self-evident.

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