ASSAULT ON BEAUTY AND THE SACRED
Photo Robyn Dixon in S.Pietro
Here is a brilliant insight from Anglo-American philosopher Roger Scruton:
yet "the worship of ugliness and desecration is asserting itself today in an age of unprecedented prosperity. [...] Desecration is a sort of defence against the sacred, an attempt to destroy its claims. Our lives will be judged before sacred things; and in order to escape that judgment, we destroy the thing that seems to accuse us. And since beauty reminds us of the sacred – and is even a special form of it – beauty must also be desecrated."
The "positive way" of beauty is, nonetheless, embedded in the heart of man. "Why then do so many artists today refuse to walk this path? Perhaps because they know that it leads to God."
Extract from the ever-reliable Sandro Magister's CHIESA Blog
covering a major conference in Rome in December.