I’ve started reading Eyes Wide Open. From the preface:
[Beauty] moves me in a supranational way. I can analyze it, but I can’t explain it.
It is rational, yet it defies analysis. You know what I mean, don’t you? It’s that
strange something that happens inside when you look at the wide-eyed face of a
child or catch a glimpse of sunrays in a dusty room. That something is an internal
“wow.” It is wonder.
….Without fully realizing it, all of my life I have yearned for, searched for,
fought for, and craved beauty. So have you. So did the ancients….Beauty, along
with truth and goodness, dominated serious thinking and serious thinkers.
C.S. Lewis speaks for all of us: “The sweetest thing in all my life has been the
longing…to find the place where all the beauty came from.”
Not so anymore. Beauty has been philosophized into oblivion. Today’s great thinkers
don’t do so well with infinity. So they gave the consideration of beauty a strange
name:”asthetics.” Then they dumbed it down to the simple philosophy of art and
…I much prefer the word beauty. Beauty get the juices flowing. Beauty stops us
in our tracks.
….Therin lies the great mystery. Beauty dominates life and culture, media, and
society, and we often don’t realize why or even think about it. I didn’t consider it
until a rock-and-roll-loving friend of mine started me on a quest. These pages are
thoughts on a journey that has enriched my life in ways I cannot adequately
Wonder defies explanation. All I can say is that even my basic understanding
of how God wired me for beauty has brought experiential and soul-filling meaning
to the moments of beauty He so graciously give me. Life’s quintessential moments
summit on these mountaintops. I was made for them. So were you.
There are but two lessons for the Christian to learn:
the one is to enjoy God in every thing;
the other is to enjoy every thing in God.
-Charles Simeon (1759-1836)