Are we losing beauty?

English philosopher & writer Roger Scruton thinks so, and maintains we have traded beauty and skill for ideas and shock value.  Although not coming from a particularly “Christian” point of view, I think he has a point.

After a recent museum trip, I’m glad to see that he thinks much of ‘modern art’ is actually poking fun at the concept of art and the ‘modern art’ movement.

Here’s the description of the video:

In the 20th century, Scruton argues, art, architecture and music turned their backs on beauty, making a cult of ugliness and leading us into a spiritual desert.

Using the thoughts of philosophers from Plato to Kant, and by talking to artists Michael Craig-Martin and Alexander Stoddart, Scruton analyzes where art went wrong and presents his own impassioned case for restoring beauty to its traditional position at the center of our civilization.

Click here to watch part 1 of 3, about 10 minutes in length.  Warning:  content not suitable for easily offended or for all ages.


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