Given that the byline of this blog is ‘a ravine of intolerance and cruel exclusion’, it is to be expected that I would make reference to James Kalb’s book, Against Inclusiveness. Here’s a brief quote from that book:
Beauty falsifies the dogma that denies reality to whatever is difficult to analyze and impossible to measure. It connects the material world to something beyond itself and gives us an immediate perception of something transcendent that is worthy of our love. It gives pleasure, so it attracts and pleases, but it is no less at odds with the technological outlook than fasting and prayer. It cannot be forced, and technique serves it, but does not create it. You have to wait on it and let it be what it is.