Daryana Verlaine ( @Daryana Verlaine
) has his #memories
"The question is: Why? And the answer is: Because the environment is hostile. Eyesight is the instrument of adjustment to an environment which remains hostile no matter how well you have adjusted to it. The hostility of the environment grows proportionately to the length of your presence in it, and I am speaking not of old age only. In short, the eye is looking for safety. That explains the eye's predilection for #art in general and Venetian art in particular. That explains the eye's appetite for #beauty, as well as beauty's own existence. For beauty is solace, since beauty is safe. It doesn't threaten you with murder or make you sick. A statue of Apollo doesn't bite, nor will Carpaccio's poodle. When the eye fails to find beauty - alias solace - it commands the body to create it, or failing that, adjusts itself to perceive virtue in ugliness."