A thing of beauty is a joy forever;
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Keats—”Endymion“ Bk. I. L. 1.
If beauty is truth and truth is eternal, then beauty, too, is eternal. The outward manifestation of beauty may be transitory, but its essence is eternal, just as truth is in principle, everlasting, and in application, short-lived.
If you have nothing in life you can still find peace in the amaranthine bower formed of beauty and truth, which springs eternal through your heart and mind and the natural kingdoms which surround you. To see beauty you need not be oblivious to the sordidness, suffering and violation which thrive in the absence of love and truth. Such ills are often present, but you need not yield one iota of your strength or imagination to them.
You can live, as it was said, “in the world” without being “of it.” You can make the quiet bower your abode – all the seconds, minutes and hours of your days – and live a life “full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.” It matters not what you might be doing in any given moment or how tempestuous the seas may be roundabout. You can so live that you are forever in the eye of the storm, looking outward by cultivating in yourself a meaningful and passionate relationship with beauty and truth.