Intelligent Design

By Peter Darcy | On May 1, 2016 | No Comments | In Beauty

The disturbing but undeniable allure of this future world was different from the beauty of the world now past, not just in the nature of its landscapes but in its fundamental quality.

Beauty is truth, truth beauty: Philosophers for ages had said that beauty was proof of design by a higher power, because living things could function just as well if they were ugly; if animals – including humans – were merely meat machines and if plants were merely machines of cellulose and chlorophyll produced by blind and mindless Nature, and if landscapes were sculpted by geological processes inspired by no Great Engineer, there wasn’t any reason for them to be appealing to the eye, which seemed to mean beauty must be a grace, a gift to the world.

[Dean Koontz, 77 Shadow Street (Bantam Books: New York, NY, 2011), p. 303-04.]

Written by Peter Darcy

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