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03/24/2019

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Sadly true.

I love red.

AMDG

Is that a political statement?

Thanks, Mac, for that Guardi piece.

I've often thought that the cliche "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", as it is commonly understood, to be in fact quite the opposite of what it really means. It is generally taken to mean that beauty is merely an opinion, a subjective projection of one's tastes. But then why not say "Beauty is in the eye of the viewer"? Beholding is such a powerful word. To behold is to look a certain way, to be held by, to be endebted to, to be beholden to. Doesn't the phrase actually mean that to see the beauty of something is to allow oneself to be touched by an objective reality that only someone with the correct internal disposition can see? Looked at this way the phrase is not a motto of relativism but a challenge to recognize that seeing, as Guardini reminds us, requires an internal humility, a capacity for openness to the other. Not everyone has the eyes to see nor the ears to hear!

You're welcome.

I guess "what the meaning of 'is' is" can always be debated. :-) But yeah, I think you're right.

I think the way that saying is generally taken to mean is probably what it was originally intended to mean--if any definite origin can be found. But I've always thought it was wrong.

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