Purpose In Beauty

This is part of a daily writing project in conjunction with photographer Sarah Tesar. For every day of May 2017 I will be writing a short piece inspired by Sarah’s daily photos as posted on her Instagram feed.

Photo © 2017 Sarah Tesar


How can beauty be unnecessary?

Butterflies have some of the most amazing and beautiful colour and design aesthetics in nature. Sometimes bright, sometimes monochromatic, sometimes so intricate as to be maze-like. And from this a thought intrudes me: why?

The answers are simple and elegant, as is the case with nature: communication and camouflage. The latter seems redundant, given how dazzling a butterfly’s wings can be, practically sparkling in the sun as they flutter about. Practically begging to be a bird’s swooped snack. But of course that’s just not how it goes in the wild.

And in that lies my confusion – my very human confusion. I think with elaborate logic and rationality, and I try applying it to other creatures. This of course is illogical and irrational. But really it’s just me being human, existing with a sense of purpose, and an awareness thereof. Other creatures don’t worry about their purpose – they just live it. Gorgeous wings and all.

So no, beauty isn’t unnecessary. It just is; it just serves legit purpose for those naturally born with it.

It’s not theirs to question why. And if being human means being intellectual, it’s better for me to ask, “Why not?”

© 2017 Andrew Hall Writes


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