Culture
 
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Can we combat mass culture? Are there objective standards for culture? What is the purpose of art? What is the difference between outer and inner beauty?
 
 
 
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Culture (A Visionary Society Quest)
Put the fair and good into your mind. Put soul at the center of your concerns.
 
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Do you believe beauty, good and truth exist, that it is possible to find out what these are, and to express them in your life and in society?
The purpose of Beautiful Books is to promote and celebrate beautiful art, to resurrect a modern ideal of practical beauty. We want to remind each other that culture can lift and inspire, inform and transform. Goodness, beauty and truth exist. Let’s join together to rediscover what this is.

Beautiful Books includes Celebration of the Good, as well as meetings to explore Art, Music, Entertainment, Creativity, and Beauty. And Public Action to publicize all this in the community.
 

How do we measure culture? “By how much spiritual substance there is in its everyday existence...We gauge culture by the extent to which a whole people, not only individuals, live in accordance with the dictates of an eternal doctrine or strive for spiritual integrity; the extent to which inwardness, compassion, justice and holiness are to be found in the daily life of the masses.”

Abraham Heschel, The Earth is the Lord’s

“Modern knowledge is departmentalized,” H.J. Massingham wrote in 1943, “while the essence of culture is initiation into wholeness, so that all the divisions of knowledge are considered as the branches of one tree, the Tree of Life whose roots went deep into the earth and whose top was in heaven.” Wendell Berry, Home Economics

 
Quests on Culture
There are 9 Quests. Each Quest has tools to Explore, Reflect and take action. Select one that interests you and get started!
 
Music
 
Art
 
Entertainment
 
Creativity
Why is creativity important? Is it possible to create anything new in the world? What does it take to be a person capable of creativity?
 
Beauty
Why are beautiful things so terribly attractive? Can you see through the masquerade of outer beauty? What is the relationship between outer and inner beauty? Can they be reunited?
 
 

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Can we combat mass culture? Are there objective standards for culture? What is the purpose of art? What is the difference between outer and inner beauty?
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