Dormition, even if it is longer than the cycle of nature.
Christmas is for children. It is also a celebration where beauty has
its place. Is it not the occasion to reflect upon this vital concept,
one of the three components of the “Homeric triad“: “Nature as the foundation, excellence as a goal, the beauty of the horizon”?
Rather than a dissertation on beauty, I want to offer to those who
read me some practical advice, without, however, neglecting a meditative
reflection: aesthetics grounds ethics (the good is defined by what is
beautiful) and ethics grounds aesthetics (the good is inseparable from
Cultivate beauty (aesthetic sense) for yourself and your loved ones.
Beauty is not a matter of money and consumption. It resides in all
things, primarily in the small details of life.
Beauty is given freely by nature: the poetry of clouds in a bright
sky, the patter of rain on a tent, starry nights, sunsets in summer, the
first snowflakes, the colors of the forest in winter, the first flowers
in the garden, the hooting of the owl at night, the smell of a wood
fire above a cottage in the country . . .
If the beauty of nature is given to us, the beauty we create in our lives requires effort and attention.
Remember that there is no beauty (or joy) without harmony of colors,
materials, shapes, and styles. This is true for the home, clothing, and
small accessories of life. Avoid synthetic and plastic materials in
favor of natural ones.
There is no beauty without courtesy in dealings with those close and distant (except jerks).
I noted that aesthetics is the foundation of ethics. Indeed, there is
no beauty without moral and physical poise. For example, keep your
pains and troubles, those of the heart, body, and work to yourself for
the difficult months. You’ll gain esteem for your discretion and a
reputation for good company. You will also gain esteem for yourself.
Merry Christmas to all!