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Absence of beauty was like hell

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  1. "Absence of beauty was like hell" (100 x 100 cm) , by Erik Pevernagie

    John Keats versus Immanual Kant

    Poet John Keats was fascinated by beauty. " A thing of beauty is a joy forever." : Beauty is a source of recurring joy and happiness.

    Philosopher Emanuel Kant distinguishes the "beautiful" from the "sublime." The beautiful pleases universally. It is an object of constant delight.

    The "sublime," however, is not to be found in nature, but only in our own ideas, in our own mind. But what do we do, when beauty is absent? What, when botox has failed?

    Many people are ready to die for beauty and prepared to go through an infernal desert of starvation. The absence of beauty means ultimate loneliness. The absence of beauty means guilt and exile into no-mans land. Life is an outcast’s journey through a gloomy valley when beauty has forsaken."

    But beauty is not a warrant for wellbeing and so does happiness not hinge on social success, but is only legible via intricate, meandering discovery journeys in the mind.

    In the architecture of their life, some may display Potemkin happiness in view of hiding the dark features of their fair weather relationship, preferring to set up a window dressing of fake satisfaction for fear of being rejected as emotional outcasts.