My dear friend Tom Brown is a brilliant, articulate philosopher whose wisdom is priceless. He was my darling husband David’s best friend and they shared so much together. I’m blessed to share his wisdom with all of you.
One of the most important and most neglected aspects of our lives is the ability to respond to reality. This means seeing the value and the beauty in ordinary things and coming alive to the splendor that is all around us. So often, we just do not see it.
In turning away from things that are graceful and elegant, we turn away from all that is wholesome and true. We deliver ourselves into an exile where the vulgar and the artificial dull and deaden our human spirit. There is a widespread habit in our society of mistaking glamour for beauty. Far too much emphasis is put on good looks, image, and fashion. Far too little attention is given to the dignity, grandeur, and nobility of the human spirit.
Thomas Merton eloquently expressed this when he wrote, “…I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths where neither sin…
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