Beauty vs Chaos

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A beautiful world? Well, yes, but to some extent. How is it that beauty happens, anyways? A completely subjective concept, beauty does not actually “happen”: it is “acknowledged”. We discover beauty in order and organized forms, natural or man-made. This recognition does not occur in a vacuum. The sense of beauty emerges only when we see order against a backdrop of chaos. Beauty itself can only rise from chaos, there is no other way to have it. And we would be blind to beauty if chaos were not present. The two go together in a ying/yang type of arrangement. The world is not purely beautiful. It is both chaotically ugly and it is orderly beautiful. Thankfully.  Because a beautiful thing would go undetected in the absence of the ugly *

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