Beauty Is Universal
Brightscapes: The Way To Beauty
Beauty Is Universal
Beauty has embedded its concepts into our brains for more than 80,000 generations. So strong that it is immediately identified by newborn infants. Biologically, it aides our relationships, sense of community, understanding of the world, ability to create meaning, and the displaying of our talents. In short, it’s how we make decisions. Sexually, it signals who is a strong, healthy, young, and talented mate. Something large, colorful, and symmetrical is naturally assumed to be the best in our minds. This sexual ornament is used to pass on genes by signaling a wealth of available resources. Socially, beauty communicates stories to train our minds for survival. Artistic imagination allows us to expand from our concrete experiences to include others, generate different outcomes, and various scenarios. It gives us real lessons for life. It allows us into other human’s minds to provides social empathy. This gives us a template for controlling our emotions, shaping beliefs, and regulating behavior. Beauty is a guide to morality. It reveals truth, fairness, and kindness. To deny beauty is to deny morals.
What are three things you find to be beautiful? Is it a particular type of music? Maybe it’s the taste of a delicious meal after a lot of labor? Is there a piece of artwork that you discover something new every time you look at it? We can find pleasure in almost anything. What can we do to be happier?
Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Children’s Memorial Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold thousands of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.
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