Beauty Will Survive

Beauty may not save the world, but it can do more than that: beauty will survive.

There is no reason to worry or feel insecure about the fate of beauty.

Beauty will be okay.

Beauty is, always has been, even in deep time, and the future will not be any different.

This prediction cannot be supported, but it is true: beauty needs nothing to be.

Beauty flirts with and seduces nihilism, with total hope.

The universal beauty of things — the world, history, eternity, and what may live beyond these things — is profound and rich, intimate and distant.

There is nothing to contrast or bemoan or get angry about, nothing to chase down or figure out.

The problems will not end — they will surely multiply and swell and get better for a little while.

The power of beauty is not good at feeding or fixing.

There is nothing beauty can do except be and endure.

There is no easy consolation until the beautiful becomes the beloved.

Even then, nothing changes, death comes.

But beauty survives and love is there, with nothing to show for it.


  • arty


    You read Reinhard Hutter’s essay on the “utiliversity” in FT? I just got my dead-tree copy in the mail, but notice that it’s on the free list over at the website. For my $, its the best thing I’ve read in years, on the state of the modern university. Particularly
    Hutter’s distinction between the posthumanists and the transhumanists, and how they end up being variants of each other, in the end. I’d be curious to hear your take on the article. I’ve long suspected that there is something deeper than sheer apathy contained in student comments like “why do I need to know this?” Hutter’s answer is pretty persuasive.


    • Sam Rocha

      Not yet, but I saw a wonderful graphic of it on Twitter. I’ll read it and, perhaps, post something here. Thanks for pointing me towards it…


  • Katrina Fernandez

    I clicked on this because, when reduced, the picture looked like much of the Russian art I feature on my blog. I thought it was two girls in a flowery field. Beauty is everywhere indeed, even in striking places where you least expect it.