Thinking of Harmony

When I analyse my perceptions that tell me something is beautiful, I come to the idea of harmony and balance. I may look at a particular tree. Its branches are of different sizes and pointing in different directions yet it strikes me as beautiful. It is perfectly balanced and that harmonious balance was created by the tree. Visualise the removal of one branch and suddenly the tree is disfigured. Its beauty is diminished.

Regardless of the particular song, Simon and Garfunkel produced beautiful harmony. Change one note and the song, like the tree is disfigured.

Consider ice dancing. So many amazingly skilful couples, in balance and harmony. The one aspect of each performance that separates the very best from the best, is the selection of the music. Just like the branches of the tree and the notes of the song, every component of the dance must harmonise. Choose the wrong music and a work of art becomes simply an excellent display of athleticism.

At these times, in our lives, our country, our world, there is much that is ugly. We hunger for harmony, we despair for peace, we long for predictable security.

Meanwhile, the natural world, so threatened by our self-centred stupidity, strives to recover, survive and give of its best even though its security is in dire peril.

As humans our challenge is to be like the natural world. We also are in difficulty and uncertainty and anger and depression. If we need inspiration and help in our struggle. we need only to look to those among us who give their best. They care, they give, they reach out. In giving they do not see sacrifice. They see opportunity and fulfillment. It is they who feed the need for harmony.

Let us be grateful for them. Let us be them.