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Old 03-20-2012, 01:26 PM   #9 (permalink)

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I failed to mention it explicitly, but it is implied: aesthetics, and the pursuit of aesthetics, is the most fruitless sort of pursuit because, aside from any subjective value judgements, it is also the least permanent of all fulfillment. If you find happiness in your own beauty (in the conventional, society-approved sense), you will surely be destraught for 2/3 of your life. If you find happiness in beautiful things, you will often find them beyond your reach, changing in character, and temporally contingent. You will chase one beauty to the next, never landing on any sense of permanent fulfillment which you can wake up with each morning.
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