Thursday, August 25, 2011

Beauty and Suffering

It seems that no amount of aesthetic beauty (there are other kinds of beauty as well, I think) can compensate for the losses of physical suffering and moral regret.

At their worst, aesthetic enjoyments can anesthetize oneself from true moral guilt and the suffering of others.

At their best, these comforts can, for a short time, move our awareness to other things, pleasing things. But this is not true healing.

Only God can provide that--in his inscrutable timing.

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