Cruel Beauty


There is an irreconcilable antagonism between diversity and beauty. The former is a principle of nonselection and nondiscrimination. The latter is a principle of the harshest discrimination, a discrimination without possibility of appeal. The ugly invariably find solace in beauty’s lack of a sufficient and universal definition, which they wrongly interpret as license to create definitions that favor their deformity. But the reason beauty lacks definition is because it is lawless. The effect it produces is involuntary, dislocating, and beyond argument. What cannot be defined also cannot be redefined.

Cultures that respect beauty do not concern themselves with rights. The opposite is also true: Concern for rights presages cultural liquefaction. “Fluidity” is an invertebrate virtue and its current glorification is perhaps the clearest indicator that we’ve devolved into worms. Nietzsche predicted this.

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