This clip from the film American Beauty touches on some fundamental ideas about beauty.
One, we can find it, if we are open, in the most unexpected places.
Two, we need to be open, simple and vulnerable to see it. Beauty is a communion.
Three, the experience of beauty can connect us to the deepest aspects of being, of the divine. That connection is like a memory of something dear but lost in the hurly burly of life.
Four, contained in that experience is also the mystical perception that everything is just as it should be.
Five, the vulnerability is attractive. I don’t mean in a romantic sense but in the sense of community.
This little three-minute clip contains a lot. It takes the first thirty seconds to set the stage. Then tell me if you too don’t see a moment of real magic as a plastic bag floats and dances in the breeze.