A thought from Rome

A friend just asked me to define “ugly”…

Not easy…but considering what I have in mind just now, I think his question makes sense and I can give him some kind of answer.

They say Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Does this apply to ugliness as well…? Can beauty understand ugliness…? Can the ugly ever perceive beauty?

As it happens I am in Rome for a short vacation. Today I went to the beach in Latina, – a little town just outside the Italian capital – together with my girl friend and her sister. As always, I sit and watch people. I may seem rather judgemental and I ask to be excused, but with the exception of some tattooed young girls who vaguely reminded me of some Etruscan statues, I couldn’t believe my eyes seeing so much ugliness around me.

What do I mean with ugliness…? Total lack of personality and expression, emotional absence, empty kind of glances, sufficiency and frightening vanity…- yes, ugliness is inarticulate and vapid,  the ugliness I talk about is ugly not because it is “ugly” but because IT IS ABSENCE – neither beautiful nor ugly… Countenances with no trace of passion, presence or interrogative awareness…Unfortunately, vividness or beauty can hardly be described. Yet, in the nearness of beauty though, there is order, there is a sense of balance, some kind of beneficial vibration.

In the nearness of ugliness there is an overwhelming feeling of disproportionate inutility, disorder, unbearable flatness and appalling tastelessness.

Ugliness is the icon modernity prays to.

About julienmatei
I feel an inner urge to express what I see, to communicate and share with others all these impressions. Often the things I see are there, not yet manifest, but waiting... to be observed, talked about, and embraced. These new insights need another approach, a more vivid curiosity... Due to fear and prejudice we prefer to see only "the official" truth - but THE OFFICIAL TRUTH IS DEAD - being dead, it has nothing to give... We can continue pretending Death is fascinating or... we can take the trouble to LIVE... THE NEW has no definition yet... Again, IT requires another "perception", the courage to apprehend everything differently, from a totally new angle, with new confidence and inquisitive touch. This blog is not about interesting concepts, it is about participation... finding new solutions, inspiration, togetherness.

2 Responses to A thought from Rome

  1. onestreetshy says:

    I like this. Does ugliness then lie in the eyes of the beholder? Also, like beauty, what is ugly to one person may be quite beautiful to another. Is absence of personality, emotion and impression attractive, or even absolutely beautiful to some? I think it is. Not for me, however. Although I think for some humans, this blatant (yes, I like the word blatant. One you have used recently) emotion-less shell is actually quite attractive….for one reason though – it’s awfully easy to deal with……no emotions needed.

  2. julienmatei says:

    …People love so much their idleness…don’t they…?Why complicate with superfluous emotions and complex questions when we can be simple-minded, hollow and fatuous…?Of course, for the one living for the shell, every trace of depth is a threat…

    Why make use of other subtle harmonies when we can indulge in a A minor chord for an hour…?

    People today are like House music – no harmony, no melody just one frenzied, relentlessly idiotic rythm that never actually starts or ends…

    How “living” like this has become “the thing”, how this hollowness can be attractive, is widely beyond my comprehension…

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