Friday, July 28, 2017

Young People Are Starved for Beauty

Our young people are not only starved for nature.  They are starved for beauty.  Everywhere they turn, their eyes fall upon what is drab or garish: their schools, their music, new books for sale, the fast-food joint, a baseball stadium (where you can hardly talk to the fan sitting next to you, for the noise roaring out at you from the loudspeakers), and, of course, their churches.  Saint Paul wanted to be all things to all men, to save some (1 Corinthians 9:22).  We have applied this dictum to what surrounds us.  We are drab with the drab, garish with the garish, inane with the inane, and we save nobody at all.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.37

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