By David Brooks

The scenes from a ballet studio across the street from David Brooks’s apartment reminded him of “the limitations of the normal.” Beauty, he writes, “is a big, transformational thing, the proper goal of art and maybe civilization itself.”

The shift to post-humanism has left the world beauty-poor and meaning-deprived. It’s not so much that we need more artists and bigger audiences, though that would be nice. It’s that we accidentally abandoned a worldview that showed how art can be used to cultivate the fullest inner life. We left behind an ethos that reminded people of the links between the beautiful, the true and the good — the way pleasure and love can lead to nobility.”

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