Whisper #370

A: Why is beauty so important?

B: That question is meaningless, but let me try to answer it from the spirit in which you asked it.

Because beauty does not discriminate in its relation to you, in how it affects you.

Beauty uplifts you, irrespective of who you are.

If you are a depressive through and through, beauty will uplift your depression and sharpen that state in you. In beauty, you will find reasons to be depressed and feel justified in doing so.

If you are ambitious through and through, beauty will incite that ambition. In beauty, you will find reasons to be ambitious and feel justified in doing so.

But does beauty care for what you make of it? Certainly, not.

Beauty is a stimulant, spiritual fuel, which asks no questions about the engine which it supplies. And so, throughout the ages, it has inspired the worst and the best of human beings — without asking any questions and without being apportioned any blame.

In a word, beauty is morally neutral — and, perhaps, so it should be…?

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