We need to interact with beauty. Life, both individually and collectively, can get dark, and we need light. This can be an ugly world, and we need to be reminded of its wonder and glory. We’re surrounded by the profane, and we need to lash ourselves to the mast of what is sacred.—Russ Ramsey, The Rabbit Room
We are a people now illiterate in a way that is unprecedented for the human race. We can decipher linguistic signs on a page, but we have no songs and immemorial stories in our hearts.—Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse
This paints a pretty bleak picture, but I think it’s probably accurate.
The question is, how do we get those stories and songs back? How do we work them into the soil of culture again?
I’m reading Makoto Fujimura’s book Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life at the moment, and it might have some answers. I’ll report back when I’ve finished it.