I notice that the elements and the stress of use take a toll on the function and aesthetics of buildings and the tools that we use day to day over time. What if instead of being detrimental to beauty the exposure of the building or clothing or item to the stress of use and the elements actually enhance and improve the beauty and the utility(Which exists in inseparable unity) of the item or of any of the constructions of man.
What if for example exposure to rain and sun makes concrete look better and more stronger as a result? As well as other examples one can think of.
My priorities for life is:
- Seeking out beauty and wonder in the universe and such senses for myself without any mediation by media or technology eg. Astronomy in the countryside or wilderness with no light pollution,diving into oceans,going to the arctic and antarctica walking across glaciers and potentially climbing down its cracks with the necessary safety precautions.
This is for my own reminder.
I get an impression that beauty is an addon in urban structures and in craftsmanship A paint job. But that is in contrast to how nature creates beauty. Beauty in natures case is an organic emergent phenomenon inherent in the design and development thereof itself not an addon like paint or picture hung on a wall. Although certain people did not quite take this sentiment quite the right way thereby creating urban structures that are ugly, sterile or just plain depressing as summed up in the philosophy of utilitarianism.
But the sentiment itself is quite apt. Beauty should be a natural emergent phenomenon and looking to nature for inspiration in this department would help take us to the next level in aesthetics in terms of making it an inherent emergent property just like water when it emerges from a fountainhead rather than something that is a paintjob that is likewise derived from function other than aesthetics which in a particular example from nature leaves that are green in order to properly utilize sunlight to create starch.
Or for a human example. A woman lips that are naturally red with a face that is symmetrical absent any modification that is also likewise highly sexually dimorphic which is a result of physical and genetic health naturally resulting in such a beauty.
Such examples indicates beauty that emerges organically as a result of substance as well as design. And demonstrates the intimate connection of beauty with truth and truth with beauty. For if beauty is not true and is merely superficial then beauty is a sham.
An illusion of something that does not truly exist except as a mirage, a false indicator of substance that is in truth non-existent.
Yet such biological examples indicate beauty does exist as a result of and is an honest indicator of that which is good and useful. And is not a sham.
Beauty that shields a lack of substance like the white-washed tomb of the pharisees full of dead bones and rot in contrast to the inside that is cleaned leading to cleanness of the outside cannot be considered truly as beauty in my opinion. It can only be termed “bullshit”
I was walking down a pathway when I noticed Ibis Bird feeding on garbage. And I had a thought if it is possible to create an artificial wetland stocked with all the animals that are native to that ecosystem to serve as a food source for the Ibis. Maybe even a self-sustaining ecosystem that not only serves as a place where the Ibis bird eats its fill but also as a place which beautifies the often ugly urban environments I am in.
Although hopefully mankind will awaken from its spiritual melaise that results in such ugly urban environments and infrastructure and rediscover what beauty is about.