Not Beautiful

“The first question I ask myself when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful is why do I think it’s not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.”

— John Cage

I’ve been traveling a lot these last few years and it’s always an interesting temptation, everywhere I go, to judge the places I visit in terms of whether I could live there, whether it’s cool, whether it’s beautiful. But I find the most satisfying experiences are had when I can remind myself to appreciate the places on their own terms, on their own merits, for their own beauty.

1 thought on “Not Beautiful

  • I’ll take surprise over beauty all day long. Beauty has not mathematical expression. Surprise does. I’ll take engagement over beauty all day long. Thinking something is beautiful might just be a flash and forgotten. Engaging with something or someone builds a much longer lasting memory. Thank you for sharing that beautiful thought!

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