This is a re-post from +BEAUTY begets GRATITUDE
Each one of us experiences beauty individually. We share our experience uniquely. Some of us share in silence, some use logic, some emotion, some order, some words, some science, some art, some construct, some spirituality, some work, some friendship, some duty, some music, some constancy, some dance and so on in an endless list. The common thread is a too-full sense of gratitude that overflows to bless all around us. It's that feeling of happiness that demands us to smile at everyone and everything. It claims all is beautiful.
Have you ever seen an Atheist and a Theist or any other dissimilar pair, enraptured by beauty and willing to interrupt their bliss to use that shared beauty as a weapon to attack one another for their differing viewpoints? In that moment they are united. They are at peace. They are embraced by beauty that is more dear in that moment than personhood.
The power of beauty to stir gratitude in every heart
Beauty bars complaint. Beauty inspires gratitude. Gratitude is unbridled. Gratitude blesses impersonally as the rain.
The power of beauty to stir gratitude in every heart, without exception, became clear to me as I watched two Ted Talks by Louie Schwartzberg. His time lapse photography thrills all, regardless of what persons believe or know. It draws everyone together under one umbrella, free of angst.