The Beautiful City (Christian’s Blog)

Nature and Cities

“Tame the savageness of man, and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that.” – Bobby Kennedy quoting Aeschylus in a speech on the night of Martin Luther King’s assassination.

The word beautiful, as articulated by the philosopher Denis Dutton, is not simply a description of something or someone, but rather is a human need, as critical as water and food. This need for beauty has its roots in the deepest past of early hominids. What we perceive as beautiful helped our ancestors survive – for instance, specific landscapes and foods that fostered human development. Such a conception of beauty suggests far more than simply that which is lovely to behold. The beautiful is that which will help our species and our planet survive into the distant future.

This blog will be about the beauty of cities and the humanity they support, enable and ennoble…

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