Jan 4, 2012
If 2012 resembles previous years, most of us will imagine an improved self-image in the New Year. The pursuit of love and beauty is “ever ancient, ever new,” and ever with us. Today, beauty, truth and goodness, are widely seen as civic virtues but not as transcendentals. Society long ago abandoned this classical view and the conviction that beauty assumes virtue. Nonetheless, even in a secularized culture, the beautiful convinces only when the true and the good, the logical and the ethical, converge with love. There is no limit to our pursuit of beauty, of truth, goodness, and love, but how they are realized depends on the individual. We are all invested in beauty and love. Don’t we all want to attract others? Don’t we all want their esteem? Making and doing something beautiful for one’s self is followed, more often than not, by making others feel beautiful as well as beautifying our culture and environment.
Convergence of Beauty and Love
The joint venture of beauty and love is serious, and their convergence, essential. Why so? The most pressing reason for this statement is that beauty and love, their presence or their absence, are embedded in our consciousness. Despite this fact, mass media promotes multi-faceted ugliness in fashion and in film and offers promiscuity as love. Popular culture offers an example of the convergence of beauty and love. Some years ago, People Magazine (February, 1991, P. 76) published the following anecdote by Kirk Cameron about his fiancé:
During my five years as a pre-teen sex symbol, I learned that a lot of people you come across wear the right make-up and clothes. But very few people are truly beautiful. Beauty has everything to do with what starts in the heart and shines out. Chelsea has that.