1) We all love beauty yet, such a distinction causes us to disdain much as ugliness.(1)
2) We all like to appreciate what is good in life. Yet this causes us to reject much as bad. Something and nothing give a place to each other, like figure and ground. High and low enrich each other like soprano and bass. To prefer one at the expense of the other would be foolishness.(2)
3) Therefore the mastercraftsman acts precisely upon what the circumstance calls for and, in so doing, eliminates choice-making. In this way he follows exactly the flow of harmony without imposing his will.
1) There is beauty of form,
of color, of line, of manner, of character. In some persons beauty is lacking,
in other persons there is more of it; it is only the comparison that makes
us think that one person is better than the other. If we did not compare,
then every person would be good; it is the comparison which makes us consider
one thing more beautiful than another. But if we looked more carefully
we should see the beauty that is in that other one too. Very often our
comparison is not right for the very reason that although today we determine
in our mind what is good and beautiful, we are liable to change that conception
in a month's, a year's time. That shows us that when we look at something,
we are capable of appreciating it if its beauty manifests to our view.
Harzat Inayat Khan, Mental Purification
John Ruskin; The Lamp of Beauty; Writings on Art, page 79-80