23 February 2006

For the Beauty of the Earth

I suppose a sufficiently obtuse scientist could concoct a post hoc explanation of why the appreciation of beauty is beneficial to our species, and how it is therefore a product of unguided evolution. But so many species do just fine without such appreciation. No, I rather think our ability to appreciate beauty in such an astounding variety of forms is a gift, as we sing in the hymn:

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth,
Over and around us lies:

Christ, our Lord, to you we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

Sometimes, to regain our perspective, we need to turn off the news, let go of our inner voices and thoughts, and just see, just feel.

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