On Beauty

by kmaradiaga1

“He was bookish, she was not; he was theoretical, she political. She called a rose a rose. He called it an accumulation of cultural and biological constructions circulating around the mutually attracting binary poles of nature/artifice.”
Zadie Smith, On Beauty

Oh Zadie Smith, you wonderful woman. This quote from her book On Beauty made me think about how differently someone can perceive the same object. Not only an object but people, situations, and ideas. I love the contrast between a rose just being a rose to a complex structure that requires thought and deconstruction. People have led different experiences and I’m sure this contributes to how one perceives their surroundings. It’s just neat to think about.

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