“All shapelessness whose kind admits of pattern and form, as long as it remains outside of reason and idea, is ugly by that very isolation from the Divine-Thought. …
“But where the Ideal-Form has entered, it has grouped and coordinated what from a diversity of parts was to become a unity: it has rallied confusion into co-operation: it has made the sum one harmonious coherence: for the Idea is a unity and what it molds must come to unity as far as multiplicity may. And on what has been compacted to unity, Beauty enthrones itself, giving itself to the parts as to the sum: when it lights on some natural unity, a thing of like parts, then it gives itself to that whole. … This, then, is how the material thing becomes beautiful—by communicating in the thought that flows from the Divine.” ~Plotinus
A puddle of wet clay is of little importance, and is certainly not a thing of beauty in itself, but when you take that wet clay and make bricks, the bricks, being organized, united, on a somewhat primitive level, are more beautiful, though perhaps not yet really beautiful. Take those bricks and unite them with other materials and build a great castle and now they are beautiful because the united whole is a thing of beauty.
A sponge is considered the most primitive type of multi-celled animals. It has no specialized cells of any kind: no nerves, no blood, no stomach. Every cell of a sponge is the same. A sponge is actually more a colony of single-celled animals than a true multi-celled animal, yet in some ways it behaves as a multi-celled animal. You can move a tiny tube sponge into an area full of barrel sponges, yet it will still grow into a tube sponge. Even though each cell is theoretically an individual animal, they act much as parts of a larger one. And while individual sponge cells would not be considered a thing of beauty, when they group together by the millions to form what we call a sponge, they can be very beautiful.
A lump of coal is somewhat united and organized, but when formed into a diamond it is more organized, more united and more beautiful. The same is true of crystals in general. They are more organized and more united than ordinary rock and that makes them more beautiful as well as more powerful.
In the business world, people working together to accomplish a common goal is call synergy. But it isn’t synergy when each person does his own thing, finds his own path, discovers his own solutions. That is called chaos, not synergy. When we become united in an organized way, not just as a crazed crowd, it is a beautiful thing. It is also a powerful thing.
But being united in part of a group isn’t enough to make a thing beautiful. We can be united into a gang. We can unite into a terrorist organization. We can unite into a political group or party that tries to suppress the rights of those who disagree with them. We can unite to form an army. So Plutonus goes a bit further in the final sentence of the quoted text. He tells us we must be united in a way that is communicating the thoughts of God. In other words, true beauty comes when we unite to complete God’s Divine Plan for the Earth, rather than our own. Then we become an indestructible diamond of Light. So instead of fighting over petty differences, let us all unite and become gems in the crown of God.