Beauty vs. Ugliness

I’m currently reading “Sweet Thursday” by John Steinbeck and a quote of his can perhaps be applied to the old Petworth vs. new Petworth debate. He wrote:

“It is better to sit in appreciative contemplation of a world in which beauty is eternally supported on a foundation of ugliness: cut out the support and beauty will sink from sight.”

Read that a few times and tell me if it applies to our debate.

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  • what does he mean by a foundation of ugliness, moral ugliness, physical ugliness, (in whose view?), spiritual ugliness … the implication from the limited information in the quote is not a pretty one for Petworth …

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