Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Koontz on Beauty

“I can walk in the rose garden, watch the joyful capering of my dog, and see the indisputable work of God. The key is beauty,” says Koontz, who converted to the Catholic faith while in college. “If the world is merely a complex and efficient machine, beauty is not required. Beauty is in fact superfluous. Therefore beauty is a gift to us. If we were soulless machines of meat, the survival instinct would be all we needed to motivate us. The pleasures of the senses — such as taste and smell — are superfluous to machines in a godless world. Therefore, they are gifts to us, and evidence of divine grace. The older I’ve gotten, the more beauty, wonder, and mystery I see in the world, which is why there are ever more of those three things in my books.“

Hat tip to Amy at Open Book

Another author I've got to add to my "to read" list.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Greg T. said...

This kind of reminds me of the writings of G. K. Chesterton. He didn't ask the question, "Why is there pain?" but rather "Why is there pleasure?" Nice blog.

Greg

3/08/2007 08:28:00 PM  
Blogger Carolina Cannonball said...

the same thought can be said of emotions and love. These are gifts as well. oooo. I think I just got a tad mushy.

3/14/2007 02:44:00 PM  

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