EUROPEAN SECULAR BEAUTY

                           EUROPEAN SECULAR BEAUTY

By Ancient Africans bringing culture to ancient Greeks to elevate them somewhat out of barbarism meant their Beauty ideas were taught to the Greeks. Since they were mentally incapable of thinking at African Sages supreme levels,’ they immediately diluted and polluted those teachings. To illustrate, they converted African concepts of Harmony into the goddess Harmonia, daughter of Aphrodite (Venus), goddess of Love and Beauty and Ares (god of war). Notice this (among countless others) represented a continued reflection of their semi-barbaric primitive European Warrior mindset. Harmonia’s name, “friendship and agreement from making the most of similarities and differences,” referred to anything “fitting” nicely together—like fine tunes of music or fine carpentry. In contrast to African Logic’s Spiritually “solid” Base of Unconditional Love used as a springboard into “Sound” Thought, “Air” was Europeans Supernatural “Air Castle” comparable Thought Platform Base. Thus, they began thought with Supernatural (Fantasy) Opinions or by copying African Intellectual property. At best, all Opinions (C17, Believe) are Ambiguous because they derive from leaps of the mind to arrive at a destination beyond Truth and Reality. Neither do they include even most of the evidence. Yet, Opinions on a given Thing can radiate in as many directions as are 360 degree marks on a Clock—making for confusion and conflict and ranging from Indifference/Hate/Evil/Sadism over toward good. Since they are not subject to verification, they cannot be said to be “right” or “wrong”.

Also, as part of their struggle to best sieve information so as to pass acceptable judgment in a given area of life (e.g. art, speaking, or literature), Greek authorities, called Critics (“those who decide”), borrowed Africans’ Philosophical enquiry components. Hence, their standard for determining the most fundamental qualities for philosophic enquiry—truth, goodness, justice, validity, virtue, and beauty—were called Criteria. By heavily focusing on the African Sublime concepts, Europeans devised a wide variety of Lofty words for it and what it is about. Examples include: dignified, noble, exaltation, grandeur, elegant, graceful, majestic, magnificent, lofty, astounding, grand, ecstasy, imposing, stately, splendid, rapture, superb, marvelous, wonderful, terrific, magnanimous, supreme, transcendent, rapture, happiness, eminent, empyreal, celestial, heavenly, ideal, gorgeous, royal, perfection, and bliss. Meanwhile, they eagerly cultivated Hedonism (i.e. pleasing the senses is the only “Good”) as Beauty. Its “laser-focus” theme is Money and all its associates. Pursuing ‘Hedonistic Worth‘ (having imageless desirability beyond mere usefulness) means putting boundaries on the boundless Spiritual Elements so as to give them a dollar “Value”–an oxymoron.  As a result, a dominant European concept of Secular Beauty is like a bank-note which has a “face-value,” both socially and commercially. So, it is without morals or virtue–like an artificial flower without perfume. This means, as opposed to Spiritual Beauty, it has a Use based upon a point of view that needs adorning and is subject to conflicting comparisons.

Of countless European definitions throughout the Ages, a C13 one of Secular Beauty in its purist form is “perfection affording great pleasure to the aesthetic sense or other faculties stemming from objects, with or without their associates.” This is the central theme or consideration in the social function in European’s type of Fine Arts whose qualities bring intense appreciation of values or inspiring ideals. The best are composed of harmonies and contrasts of line, color, form, tone, and words—especially when suggesting or presenting Nature’s appeals, human conditions, achievements, anticipations, or dreams. These, said to be beautiful, are enjoyed—not merely technically as means—but finally as an end for their intrinsic worth, immediately and without question. Other themes deal with emotions, spirit qualities, intellect, or, if of high ranking social status, elegance and nobility. By far, the most popular–“skin-deep”—concerns pleasing facial appearances, ranked as: gorgeous, comely, cute, good-looking, handsome, pretty. Here, “Beautiful” refers to strikingly desirable or attractive—suggesting symmetry of features or perfection of proportion. The key point is that Secular Beauty is based upon ones personal and cultural tastes. Black, Brown, Red, and Oriental faces have vastly different standards of Beauty. What is beautiful—i.e. Harmonious–for White faces does not work for the others—and vice versa. Contradictions and Clashes are said to be Ugly. jabaileymd.com