Aesthetics, Endeavors, Life

Unified Theory of Aesthetics

For a very long time I’ve intended to write out my unified theory of aesthetics. Perhaps one day I’ll have time to refine it further, but at least the basic idea remains as a permanent reference on my other site, Beyond the Silver Glass. I learned so much in the discovery of this principle that I can’t even begin to express what it has opened up for me. Its premise could probably be reworked for so many fields besides aesthetics and making the world a more beautiful place. I think of health, mechanics, engineering, physics, who knows. . . But for me, it is a huge “pearl” of discovery. It is a way of organizing one’s thoughts, staying on track, not getting discouraged in the face of obstacles, and not staying in a frozen mindset.

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Standing Straight in a Crooked World

Before the world was lit at night the Arabs, Bedouins, and other traveling peoples guided themselves by the movement of the stars and the twilight created by their effulgence. What thoughts illuminated their minds as they wove their way into towns, watering holes, and trading markets? How did travelers know which roads to take? How could they tell who to trust and who to avoid?

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The End of Exploring

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

T.S. Eliot

Two weeks ago a friend and client arrived at our house and remarked what a picturesque little house we have. I was surprised, because I find it impossible not to compare my small surroundings with the more lavish ones of many of our clients (this one, for instance). But it is where we live and work, and mess up, and then clean again as fast as we can before company arrives, because the small spaces do double duty for living and working on projects.

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