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Thursday, October 17, 2002
- The Topic of the Day - Beauty -
A friend of mine asked me recently about the purpose of beauty and why should we be concerned with it. It took me aback, because I feel like my survival depends on beauty. When words hold no meaning and I feel overcome by everything, the sound a songbird, or a flower trying in the cracks of a city sidewalk, the way a candle flame flickers, stories of a kind, unexpected deed. These can soothe me like David's harp.

I ran across a Chinese proverb today that reads, "A wife is sought for her virtue; a concubine for her beauty." Maybe that's our problem. We see beauty as something that fades, but virtue as mere usefulness. Would not virtue be true beauty?

I think when it all comes down, I find that joy and beauty are merged in such a way that they cannot be separated and like, C.S. Lewis’ Surprised By Joy there is a longing and a pain that come as well because true, unmistaken joy & beauty remind us that our current experience is not all there is – that this joy and beauty that so overwhelm us are but the first fruits of what we cannot yet imagine. In the same way that “good” can mean “acceptable or “good” can mean “all-satisfying,” “beauty” can be found in something like a beautiful car, but this is only an aesthetic beauty. True beauty is a woman giving to God her last two dimes or the sun setting aflame the mountains at the peak of autumn. These bring forth both our frailty and reminds us of our greatness.

“[Earth’s] highest joys have mingled woes that leave a sting behind.” - Anne Steele

"Beauty is a precious trace that eternity causes to appear to us and that it takes away from us. A manifestation of eternity, and a sign of death as well." - Eugène Ionesco

"The beauty of the world ... has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder." - Virginia Woolf

posted by Jamie 2:37 PM

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- My Name is Bill Gates -
Bill Amend has a great link to this Apple commercial parody.

posted by Jamie 9:16 AM

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Tuesday, October 15, 2002
- Aw Yeah! -
The newest HP
trailer is now online. (That would be "Harry Potter," not "Hewlett-Packard.")

I am not obsessed.

posted by Jamie 9:45 AM

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