Truth and beauty -that is all.The famous lines Beauty is truth, truth beauty’, that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know’ are taken from the Ode On A Grecian Urn by John Keats. It emphasizes the identity of beauty and truth.
This may sound a tad simplistic, but the point has to do with our identity.
Truth can be good or bad or somewhere in between.
Same goes for beauty.
Jung points this out with images using what he calls archetypes and the unconscious.
The criminal sees opportunity where the compassionate will eventually see the problem.
First, we need to see it in ourselves then we can see it in others.
Yet, we are guilty of deluding ourselves, but mostly ourselves,” Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive.” – Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808)
My favorite paraphrase comes from a lady on the bus, she was listening to CBC.ca and recalled a paraphrase from a show, “People are a messy business.”
I guess there really is no answer, just being human, it is fair to think the worst and hope for the best.
Oh, how curious we are,