DAY 194: JULY 13 – Seeing Things From A Distance

~ The Music Lesson by Lord Frederic Leighton


An older woman teaches the younger how to play a musical instrument. Their dresses come from the East but their features are distinctively European.



The scenes of our life resembles pictures in rough mosaic; they are ineffective from close up, and have to be viewed from a distance if they are to seem beautiful.

~ Arthur Schopenhauer



Beauty – the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole.

~ Leo Battista Alberti


What Happened

1793: Charlotte Corday stabs Marat in his bath.

1870: Chancellor Otto von Bismarck sends the ‘Ems Telegram’ to incite the French into declaring the Franco-Prussian War.


Writer’s Addendum

Anything viewed too closely ends up being ugly. Most things are at their prettiest when they are viewed from afar. The same goes for human beings. Sometimes the closer you get to people, the more flaws you see in their character, habits and actions. 

Take a step back. Consider their upbringing, the influences in their lives, the society that they are in, and what they do for a living. As they say, every why has a wherefore. There are reasons why people are the way they are.

The fortunate reflects and sees their flaws. They change for the better. They become better people. 

The less fortunate and, I would add, idiotic sees their flaws and justifies them. They remain the way they are,  namely, self-centered, stone-rigid, and stupid. 

No matter how far a donkey travels, it will never come back a horse. But hey, maybe we all can be better donkeys.

So see things from a distance, find their flaws, and help change things for the better!

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