On Beauty (pg. 3, 6)

After an introduction in which Scarry writes of beauty that:

It seems to incite, even to require, the act of replication. Wittgenstein says that when the eye sees something beautiful, the hand wants to draw it.
        Beauty brings copies of itself into being. It makes us draw it, take photographs of it, or describe it to other people.

we eventually come to the first (of what I hope will be many) defense of beauty in popular culture:

Beautiful is sometimes disparaged on the ground that it causes a contagion of imitation, as when a legion of people begin to style themselves after a movie starlet, but this is just an imperfect version of a deeply beneficent momentum toward replication.

I love the idea that imitation is no reason to attack beauty, as it is merely an imperfect expression of a laudable impulse, must as St. Augustine wrote that sin is a disordered expression of an ordered and God-given desire.

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