I strive for the sublime and when I can’t get to it I settle for beauty. A wide angle of the high desert landscape in the right light is sublime, a close up of a flower’s delicate structure is beauty.

The sublime is that which is huge,  overwhelming, obscure, and terrifying. It is characterized by “privation”, “vastness”, “infinity”.  Edmond Burke claims that the origins of the sublime lay in the idea of pain, versus the pleasure evoked by beauty.

Beauty, on the other hand, is characterized by smallness, delicacy, smoothness, and gradual variation in form.



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  1. nice to meet you Michelle. I’ll look at your site soon. By coincidence I wrote a blog not long ago on self-realization. It was focussed on my insight for the spiritual seeker. I wish you well and thanks for showing your appreciation.


  2. Hello Bob, your site is beautiful, and I love that it’s local here of New Mexico–where I live too. You may like my blog (which has photos of New Mexico as well), but is more about a journey of spirit and healing that I took that brought me out here to New Mexico (and is connected to my novel, which takes place in Spain and honors the spirit of the earth): http://www.michadam.wordpress.com


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