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Beauty as an antonym for violence

I love this quote by Richard Bode, in his little book Beachcombing at Miramar, p 89. 

“I believe the desire for beauty is built into me, as it is built into everyone, and that our lifelong quest for it is our greatest and most important morality play. Beauty is the antonym for violence, the antidote for all the pent-up rage in the world. We have this choice – we can opt for beauty or we can opt for violence. If we choose violence, then death and destruction will be our reward. If we choose beauty, we will create a bower of quiet for our children, and for ourselves a sleep full of sweet dreams.”

I have written about this theme in other blogs, specifically "Thoughts on the Importance of Beauty." Check it out and make comments!

Doug Merkey