Beauty and Choice

Posted: 11/29/2009 in Philosophy
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It is inevitable that beauty and choice should coincide.
And to deny that there is choice is to deny that there is art.
Without choice, there is no art. Art would then by boiled down to predictability.
And predictability is no art at all, but rather it is science.
And science cannot contain beauty, for beauty, within its own definition, is an anomoly of predictability.
It is an outlier; it is science stripped.
It’s what happens when science becomes illogical.
It is because of this that beauty needs choice. If we can’t choose it, it won’t exist.

I finished reading The Giver by Lois Lowry a few days ago, and in it, Jonas (the main character) lives in a world where choices are guarded from the people. In order to deny the community the empowerment of choice, anything worth choosing is taken away – books, color, art, and even lives.

I am so thankful that God has not withheld any beauty from us. He has allowed us color and art and freedom. He has lavished us with the ability to choose, and thus he has lavished us with beauty.

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