A little more on flowers…
“The science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower.”
–Richard Feynman in Ode to a Flower
In thinking more about flowers – and our flower ceremony – I’d like to share a perspective of beauty from a scientist’s point of view.
Here are the words of Nobel-winning physicist Richard Feynman as related by Maria Popova in her blog, The Marginalian.
I have a friend who’s an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don’t agree with very well. He’ll hold up a flower and say “look how beautiful it is,” and I’ll agree. Then he says “I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing,” and I think that he’s kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe…
I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there’s also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don’t understand how it subtracts.
As we move into May and explore our new monthly theme of Nuturing Beauty, these are good questions to ponder.
How do you see beauty in your life?
Can you participate by adding beauty to the world around us?
Can the presence of beauty make this world a better place?
Let me know your thoughts.
🙂 Rev. Marian