A Digital Story by Richard Cowling
Beauty is left as the one aim which by its very nature is self-justifying.
-- AN Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas
Every once in a while our aims for beauty intersect in a loving glance, or in a back rub. We realize that the universe is not simply a web of connected events; it is web of shared subjective aims, a web of shared hopes, for beauty. We realize that the despair that some people feel, and the anger others feel, is the obverse side of their longing for beauty. And when for a moment we put lotion on our hands and gently stroke their backs, starting at the base of their spine, feeling their bones -- and when in that moment they softly say "Oh I love that" -- we touch something that needs no further justification. We touch the beauty that is what we all seek, all the time. The moment does not last forever. There is always the perishing pf immediacy. But just for that moment, our lives have intersected beautifully, and we have touched the infinite in the finite, carried forever in the deep memory.
-- A JJB Appreciation of Richard Cowling's Beauty
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