In some of my research I came across an interesting line from the great popular philosopher Taylor Swift. In a Cover Girl interview she said, “Unique and different is the new generation of beautiful.”
Swift’s remarks reveal a cultural shift. For centuries beauty was that which extended beyond a person or thing. It was a quality that lay in the beyond. It was that sense of transcendence we sense while looking at a mountainscape or blistering sunrise.
Unique and different indicate beauty’s shift from being outward focused, beyond the self, to the inward–completely focused on self-expression.
I think beauty’s shift mirrors contemporary Christianity. What used to be outward focused, has turned in on itself. In another way, you can say that it’s not only mirrored beauty’s bending, but it has itself lost its beauty.
The beauty of Christianity was its ability to focus on the transcendent while remaining in the temporal world. But in our age, Christianity has taken on what Oxford writer and philosopher Roger Scruton calls the postmodern desecration. We’ve taken the sacred and made it profane–that being the focus of self over the divine.
The provocateur is the new artist. The opinion column writer becomes a gospel writer. Consensus dictates truth. Our rhetoric has spiraled out of control.
We’ve lost our beauty because we’ve lost our way. We do not reach upward, but bend in on ourselves. And here we sit, a mangled distorted caricature of our past self. The church distorted. The Christian egomaniac. READ MORE of Toady’s Post -How Do We Live | http://www.timothywillard.com/blog/2015/12/15/how-do-we-live | Link in bio