I remember, earlier this past summer, admiring the flower garden outside my window. It was early morning; the sun low in the sky created sparks of light as it reflected off of the drops of dew. The birds were active, singing brightly as they are wont to do as the weather warms.
I called my friend to the window so she might enjoy the scene as much as I. Look, I said, isn’t nature beautiful? My friend took in the scene for some time, then remarked that nearly everything she saw she found unpleasant: pollen made her sneeze, the wetness of the dew was cold, the birds squawking was abrasive and the brightness hurt her eyes.
Well, I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing; natural beauty seems so universally true; so many images by so many people verify it. It’s hard for me to believe that the truth of beauty isn’t absolute. Woody Allen famously said: ‘I love nature I just don’t want to get any of it on me.’ Maybe that’s where my friend is at; unable to separate natural beauty from nature’s physical presence. Perhaps I could get her started watching the Nature Channel, then dinner on the patio, a walk in the park, eventually a climb up Half Dome. I think she might come around in the end.