Sunday, October 26, 2014

Beauty

There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion.
It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner.
Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers.
All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance, but this rose is an extra. Its smell and color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.
~ Sherlock Holmes
Basically, what he is saying is that religion is a science of pure reasoning, without practical experimentation and hypothetical theorizing, a science based completely on armchair observation and deduction, everything occurring within the mind as it analyzes the data without the use of tabletop tinkering with gadgets and contraptions.


And within that observation, he notes that beauty is the ultimate reason vouching for the existence of God, a good One at that, for everything else in the world can be explained away with the reason of necessity but beauty is something that exists as a bonus in reality serving no other purpose than to provide aesthetic pleasure to the soul without ensuring survival of any sort in and of itself though attraction to beauty may beg to differ but this attraction itself cannot be explained for why be attracted to a feature that does not feed you, provide you with any tool to live on – that is, attraction to food may appease hunger and bestow calories for one to sustain themselves but what purpose does attraction to color serve other than appease the eyes? Yes, beauty is truly an enigmatic feature of the universe.


Beauty is not a mechanism of cold, unfeeling evolution as presented by the ideology of naturalism. It is something extra, something existing beyond natural selection, a product of the unconditional goodness of a caring, loving God. Perhaps it is why the Prophet Muhammad said:

Verily God is Beautiful and He loves Beauty.
[Sahīh Muslim, Hadith 131]




— Fahim Ferdous Promi

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