What makes something truly beautiful?
John Keats, in book 1 of Endymion, immortalised this statement: ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’.
If there is one thing I know to a certainty, it is that things change. That includes our perceptions of beauty and what counts as truly great.
Take the image of this vase, for instance:
I may see only beauty in its blend of colours and the strategic placement of shells and designs to give it that appealing effect. Another may see the cracked bits at the top and still find it incredibly beautiful. Yet others may not care for it at all. Perhaps they don’t like red. But,that’s life, isn’t it?
After about a year of sticking to a particular theme on my blog, this morning, I switched to what I felt was a cleaner layout, bigger font, better visibility of social media icons and easier navigation tabs. I spent an hour on the process and sat back, feeling satisfied at the outcome.
But, we are human. We balk at the idea of change, even if change means a better life, a better vase or a better blog layout. At the core of it, though, it’s the need for change that keeps driving us- whether we show it in our blogging styles or our profile pictures on facebook or even in the kind of tea that we take.
Let’s face it- we are , after all, agents of the social fabric and society is always changing. To me, that is truly beautiful.
Do you like to change or experiment with change?
What’s one thing you’ve been glad to change
in the recent past?
Oh and while you’re here, do you like the new blog theme?
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