Like a lot of aphorisms, “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” has such perfect pitch and rhythm that we rarely question whether it is altogether true. It is no doubt partially true, given that cultural constructs of the beautiful vary as dramatically as they do in this world. Not to mention the individual sensibilities that can see two people focus on the exact same thing and leave one swooning and the other cringing and backing away.
But whatever one’s unique tastes, some things seem to strike a universal chord of sensory appreciation, causing us to dreamily exclaim, “Oh, that’s beautiful!”
Sunrises and sunsets, swans afloat and geese in flight, a perfect plump strawberry.
Ecclesiastes 3, and when it was set to music.
All these seem to elicit universal agreement that they are good and beautiful things.
And, of course, gardens.
“God Almighty first planted a Garden...Read More