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136. Reclaiming Beauty in an Ugly Culture

The beautiful has been lost in our culture. Beauty has been reduced to lustful images and true beauty has been neglected and attacked. If we want to correct the course for our culture, we must restore standards of beauty and find new ways to create and distribute true art.

“Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.”

Edmund Burke

Beauty and truth go hand in hand, and the attack on both is not accidental. That is why those who put forward truth and offer beauty are denigrated. But, we must support those speaking truth and offering real beauty.

Places where we can reclaim beauty where it has been stolen from us:

  • Art- The quality of art as dramatically deteriorated. I believe there is a chance for this to be revamped by truly skilled people as long as we are able to refine our taste and patronize true art.
  • Music- The deterioration of music’s quality is similarly real. There has always been folk music, and I enjoy music that is simple and not Mozart by any means. That said, I don’t put David Allen Coe on the same pedestal, but recognize the difference.
  • Rhetoric- In reading a book on great American speeches, the ability of our leading minds to communicate their thoughts in soaring ways has greatly diminished.
  • Architecture – Functional architecture is reflective of a culture that has traded truth and beauty for only economic interests. It is a culture that prefers useful and expedient to good and true.

Several accounts I’ve recently begun following are great at helping preserve art, architecture, style, and beauty of the past. I’ve truly enjoyed these accounts and and others like them, and recommend you check these out.

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165. Book Review | Shocking Secrets of American History by Bill Coate Conversation of Our Generation

In keeping with this week's episode on history, I decided to bring out a book from my library on history to review today. In this episode, we'll look at some of the secrets of history from this book. Basically, this book is a collection of short stories that many may not know about American history. Despite being a history buff, I hadn't heard many of the stories, so I think there's a lot of learning for anyone. Tune into this episode, I'll show you why you should pick up your copy. "It's a very good historical book about history." Dan Quayle Grab your copy of Shocking Secrets of American History by Bill Coate "History's like a story in a way: it depends on who's telling it." -Dorothy Salisbury Davis Some Shocking Secrets of History How much about history do you really know? Did you know about Aaron Burr's debauchery? How about John Edwards' wayward grand nephew? If you want to learn incredible stories about our past, this book is where you want to look. In fact, some of the stories are truly unbelievable. Despite that, these did happen, and I think you'd be amazed by some of these stories. It's definitely important to know the broad themes and movements of history. However, these little stories are great to know as well, and can make for a great way to get people interested in history. Why History is Important to Learn History is a part of our heritage, and it's important to know where we come from. Furthermore, knowing history allows us to identify solutions in our current situation. There's a common saying that those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it, and that's true. Most importantly, it offers us the knowledge we need to make decisions about our world. This is because it puts things in perspective by broadening our frame of reference. — This episode is sponsored by ยท Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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