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Wednesday
May222013

BEAUTY & RESILIENCE

Resilient objects exhibit longevity against all odds. Today, we humans have firmly established ourselves as the species in-charge of spaceship earth (Buckminster Fuller). As a result, the lifespan of most living beings and inanimate objects is directly affected by human decisions. Whether we like it or not, we exert influence on all systems: natural and man made. Due to this new reality, the importance of beauty, as we humans COLLECTIVELY perceive it has become a major factor guiding the fate of the physical world.

When we observe a range of resilient objects and phenomena, be it products, buildings, places or natural systems, we find one continuous thread that ties them together: They are all beautiful to experience, use or behold. In other words, the more beautiful an object, the more likely it is to survive change and thrive over time. 

One may bring up the modern paradigm of "Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder", but such a definition of beauty does not ensure resilience. Resilience is dependent upon universal principles of beauty such as rhythm, proportion, symmetry and balance. For it is these prinicpals that we are innately attracted towards, making objects that exhibit them, hard to eliminate from our world. It is time we reconsider the idea and importance of beauty in our world, for beauty alone may hold the key to a more resilient future. 

The timeless principles of beauty are discussed in this thought provoking documentary featuring philosopher Roger Scruton.

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It's a good piece of writing; glad to see the relation between resilience & beauty, which is so true. I was overwhelmed to read the principles of beauty - the way you have defined is really beautiful. I haven't got chance to see the documentary as of now, however, the mentioned principles seem to grab whole of my mind and heart. Hats off to you!

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersacanra

@ sacanra: Glad you like the subject and the writing. This is a fascinating relationship, on that has been muddied by our current comprehension and definition of sustainability. Its exploration is timely, since we are heading towards an age of greater uncertainty, where resilience is a prerequisite for survival.

The documentary is amazing. Watch it!

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAtul

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