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.

One Reply to “Not Beautiful”

  1. 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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