“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. Continue reading “Unite for God”