You’ll find the introduction to this series here.
This post looks at Beauty.
Beauty, according to an ancient aphorism, lies in the eye of the beholder. Experience suggests this is so, most of the time. But will our future produce different standards of beauty? We know fashions, trends, local traditions, and beliefs all impact on what is and is not seen as beautiful in the world.
The natural world is crammed with beauty (it also contains a good deal that’s ugly, but we’ll leave that aside here). There’s something almost universally uplifting to the spirit in a sight of natural beauty. Will growing awareness of the intrinsic natural beauty of our world influence attitudes toward the coming climate emergency? Perhaps that approaching catastrophe will increase humanity’s awareness of the special nature of the world we occupy. Will appreciation of the beauty of our planet then help in the fight…
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