“We are by nature aesthetic animals. We exist to appreciate beauty, to create beauty, and to be beautiful. That is all the world asks of us. Nothing more is required.” (From the book.)
If we are essentially aesthetic beings, then what happens when we lose our connection with beauty? Return to Beauty: Restoring the Ecology of Imagination explores how we have repressed beauty, and how this repression has left us estranged from our proper place in the world. Without the ordering power of beauty, individuals, society, and the environment all suffer. When we lose beauty, we lose love, and without love we are prone to abuse and exploitation. With so much at stake we need radical new ideas to overcome millennia of religious, philosophical, and scientific traditions that have repressed beauty.
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