“Beauty will save the world.”
There is some controversy in the literary world as to what was meant by the author when he penned this thought. What is known and agreed upon, however, is that Fyodor Dostoyevsky considered truth, good, and beauty as a trinity that may not be separated. According to the Russian philosopher Vladimir Soloviev, “Truth is good, perceived by the human mind; beauty is the same good and the same truth, corporeally embodied in solid living form. And its full embodiment–- the end, the goal, and the perfection–- already exists in everything.” For the purposes of this blog, I will use this quote as the basis for the inspiration for many posts about beauty, art, and goodness.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a prolific author born in Russia. His most noted works include Crime and Punishment (one of my favorite classics), The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov. His life was quite the troubled one, filled with material that would later serve as the motivation for his work. From having been exiled in a Siberian prison to submitting to a gambling, these experiences seemed to give Dostoyevsky sublime insight into the humilty, cynicism, and inner rebellion of his characters. Because he wrote of his protagonists as being motivated by ideas rather than by physical or social imperatives, the author is considered one of the founders of the philosophy of existentialism.
Whether Dostoyevsky’s quote was fantasy or prophecy is undetermined. As far as this blog goes, this page will serve to highlight various forms of beauty, such as art, nature, acts of kindness, among others.