“And a poet said. Speak to us of Beauty.
And he answered:
Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide?
And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech?”
– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
Whatever happened to saying things beautifully?
It doesn’t appear that language alone, has taken a turn for the worse. Rather, communication as a whole.
We don’t believe in people being gorgeous or beautiful anymore. They’ve been reduced to ten point scales.
Nobody is exhausted. They are very tired.
Poetry has made way for the bullet point.
While penmanship has made way for words on a jpeg.
Beliefs and fortitudes have been bastardised to hashtags.
Truth be told, the things we express, and how we choose to express them are no less than art.
In each note, stroke and syllable, lies the power to transmit beauty, pain, wisdom and emotion from one soul to another.
No, not just one man to another. Rather, a truly metaphysical transfer of intangible concepts from one transient mind to another. Wherein lies the capacity for so many things to be said, simply by being unsaid.
Yes, that power. To change minds. Change perceptions. Even time.
Whatever happened to using that power, wisely?
Illustration by Kahlil Gibran Source