Are you a hopeless romantic who is continuously drawn to beauty in this world? Do you travel many miles just to be close to beauty of nature? Do you pursue arts? Do you strive to make your home beautiful? Then you are pursuing beauty and chances are that you not perceived as logical or practical to people around you. May be sometime even you question yourself if pursuit of beauty is worthwhile or not.
But even if we can’t put it in words, there is an important reason why bunch of roses are valued more than vegetables. There is reason why diamond costs more than coal. Regardless of how pursuit of beauty is perceived, it is a fact that we do value beauty greatly.
We value beauty not because of pleasing sensations and enchanting experience that comes with it but because beauty is a principle, a very important principle which governs life.
Beauty is order arising out of chaos
In this universe energy tends flow in very chaotic and unorganized way. The disorder always increases. Law of thermodynamics states that the randomness and chaos (entropy) tends to increase.
Still, through this chaotic energy, through this randomness, order emerges, almost like magic and that magic is beauty.
Chaotic blistering weather gives rise to perfectly symmetrical snowflake. Swamp filled with dirt, gives rise to fragrant lotus flower. Intense pressure on coal gives rise to brilliant diamond. Formless, lusterless hydrogen gas, comes together as a shining star. This phenomenon is beauty. Philosophy, science and also arts are pursuits of this phenomenon. Their approaches differ but goal is the same, pursuit of order that arises out of chaos. If that is not the worthy pursuit then what is?
Intelligence is the sense organ for perceiving beauty
Eyes perceive light and ears perceive sound. Perception of beauty however happens at a different level, at a higher level. Many species on this planet can sense light and sound but so few species can sense beauty. To perceive beauty a sense of order is needed. As evolved beings, we sense differences and we sense similarities. We see patterns, and symmetry. We sense connection and relatedness between what we perceive. All these senses need to come together to perceive beauty. Sense of beauty is therefore found in highly evolved and intelligent beings. It is the essence of intelligence. If you want to sharpen your intellect, habit of seeing beauty greatly helps.
Consciousness evolves to experience more beauty.
The higher and more refined sense of order is what evolution is all about. The more clear your sensory perception is and more aligned it is with your intelligence, the more present you are and more conscious you get. The more conscious you get, more beauty you are aware of.
Consciousness does not evolve to ensure survival of species but consciousness evolves to sense more order out of chaos. In other words consciousness evolves to perceive more beauty. And higher sense of order is what helps species survive.
Beauty is therefore the motivator and goal of evolving consciousness.
Love is beauty recognizing itself in other.
When beauty is perceived by your consciousness, it is because of the order and alignment of all of your conscience faculties. The intelligence and consciousness themselves are beautiful as they too are order arising out of chaos. The sense of connection and bond that love has, is because beauty within you resonated with beauty within other. Love is thus beauty recognizing itself in other.
So my dear friend, order, intelligence, evolving consciousness and love, all the ideals of humanity are unified by beauty. That is how significant beauty is.
So when creating beauty around you is your goal, let the significance of beauty fill you up with motivation, and purpose.
Your pursuit of beauty is a beautiful persuit. It is connected to most primal impulse of this universe. Through this pursuit, the creator and the creation, both turn into work of art and indistinguishable from each other. Through you, universe wants to create more order, more beauty, that is how significant your persuit of beauty is!
Wow this was insightful amazing loved reading this. Thank you for sharing this.
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So your pursuit continues with this beautiful painting and article :).
As you said, with the evolved conscious, one perceives more and more beauty. Because with evolved conscious one become inclusive, unbiased, unprejudiced and fair to this creation. And the day come when one can observe and appreciate a wriggling worm for hours. This is a journey towards unifying with global conscious.
Only thing I would like to differ a bit is the relation between intelligence and beauty. Beauty is pursued by all animals, as per their conscious level, and not humans only. I would rather put heart as the sense organ for beauty as conscious is a virtue of heart. A gardener, farmer or a layman may appreciate the beauty of flowers more than an academic scholar.
Wish you a happy new year!!
Very nicely said Sundeep. Totally agree that intelligence and experience of beauty is not limited to scholars or humans. Happy new year!