Friday, August 4, 2017
An Argument For Beauty As Truth I Made To A Guy
So let's try it this way:
Truth: a transcendent fundamental or spirituality reality; fidelity to an original or a standard.
Beauty: the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit; an excellent quality; a brilliant instance.
We commonly speak of a "true" any number of things, a true shot, a true gentleman, a true lady, a true friend, as in real, genuine or authentic or as in of the right kind, such as it should be, proper. We can derive from these uses of true one idea of true as the exemplification of the ideal or of a standard. So what exemplifies an ideal or a standard is a form of one meaning of what is true.
Beauty has on the above definitions, among other meanings, the idea of exalted excellence, of the high instance of an ideal or a standard. For example, it would be odd to deny that a perfect rose, a perfect body, a gracefully executed athletic move and other exemplifications of an ideal or standard and that exalt us in mind or spirit are beautiful.
Therefore on the above definitions, all from standard dictionaries, beauty is a form of truth....