questions about the A word.

How does our aesthetic environment affect us?

Does paying attention to the aesthetic enable us to create a false sense of who we are, or does it encourage us to explore deeper?

In other words, How does creating a “vibe” an “ambiance” in our surroundings impact us? Is it for good? For bad? Depends?

For good in that: Does it lead us to something better. Of course this is provided that the aesthetic surroundings is one that would naturally lead one to something better.

For bad in that: Does it makes us think that we have already attained the goal that we were trying to create by using positive aesthetic qualities in our surroundings.

Does creating a positive aesthetic do more harm than good? Does it push us forward, or does it think we have already arrived?

Is a desire for an aesthetic surrounding a by product of a superficial society?
Can it have a good impact?

I welcome and invite your thots, comments and/or additional questions.


3 Responses to “questions about the A word.”

  1. Mike Says:

    “Is a desire for an aesthetic surrounding a by product of a superficial society?”

    Okay, I’ll bite. Certainly some people are posers. They surround themselves with stuff — houses, clothes, cars, and so on — to hide the despair and corruption of their own lives. We’ve all seen them. We probably know a few. We also know those who live in an environment that is truly reflective of who they are. They don’t have bookshelves lined with books because they go with their decor and create the impression that they are well read, they have books because they love them, love the ideas they express, and, oh yeah, they’ve read most of them, and plan to read the rest. My friend Bob, for example, has a private library of signed first editions that must be worth tens of thousands of dollars. He keeps the books in a room that is, well, beautiful. Custom bookshelves made out of cherry wood. There’s a leather chair at one end of the room, his desk is at the other. If you didn’t know Bob, you’d think his collection was stupid, or arrogant, or worse. But Bob truly loves books. He’s spent very little money to acquire this collection. When he’s dead, he’ll donate it to his college.

    There’s a bit of the poser in all of us, don’t you think? In most cases, it isn’t really harmful. We have soccer shoes in our closet, though we don’t play soccer. We have the latest skis in the garage, though we haven’t skiied in twenty years. We have Shakespeare’s Collected Works on the bookshelf and plan, someday, to even read it. Maybe we even will. Some day.

  2. layne(herman) Says:

    Mike I always appreciate your thots and input. Thank you!

    The more I consider my own question, I guess what I am wondering outloud is: What is the value of beauty? I personally believe there is value in it. But aware that beauty can be mis-used, How do we maintain/safeguard beautys integrity? Or: How do you use beauty and aesthetics for good and not for evil?

    Or perhaps I just need to relax, enjoy my surroundings and have a little fun with it and quit thinking too much about it. Kind of like I do with my garden.

  3. mike Says:

    Ahh, so that’s what you were thinking. Well, you’ve tackled a complicated topic and I’m certainly to dumb to write much about it. I always liked the character in the book “Soldier of the Great War,” who said that what motivated him was pursuit of beauty. Nice. I wish more people were like that. My feeling is that when you come across beauty, you should enjoy it. It’s one of God’s ways of smiling at us…

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