The intentional creation of ugliness in our world represents chthonic energies: Decadence and death. The hesitancy of weakness and reluctance allows possession from subterranean energy, which twists into envy and self-hate. It is now a tangible force everywhere the wings of the post-war American technocracy cast their shadow. Ugliness is now the language of business, of domestic cleanliness, of civic virtues. The atmosphere of ugliness keeps us shackled to an iron ball of base materialism.
The creation of beauty in our world represents Olympian energies: Transcendence and life. The atmosphere of beauty elevates man to a state of transcendence, and turns his mind to idealism, investigation, inventiveness.
Beauty and aesthetics have a theological relevance. Without beauty in our world, we fearfully limit ourselves, then begin to devolve and decay, ghoulishly. This is the chthonic realm manifesting, culminating in an oppressive anti-beauty, and ultimately a black landscape where everyone is considered your equal. No Olympians reside in the underworld.
Aesthetics and beauty are both the root and leaves of Olympic nature. Beauty in our world represents a celestial hierarchy, where growth and beauty-expansion result from friction and hardship. Whereas ugliness represents the chthonic realm, where sedentary safety and equality values stultify in darkness and ignorance. Transcendence requires beauty (inspiration, idealism) and achieving beauty requires hardship (growth).
If we don’t try to transcend, mediocrity will not lead to safety and stasis – there is no rest in the forward movement, if you can’t break the shackles then the only movement is downward. Black chthonic tendrils will grow out of the black earth to drag you down, to ever-increasing ugliness, as you degrade and decay into fertilizer for a new, transcendent seed, strong enough to break the barrier you couldn’t.
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