The Esthetics Of The Universe

April 23, 2015

We may ask ourselves why it is that God, sufficient unto Himself, wanted to create the immense quantity of beings that comprise the universe.

Since He is infinitely perfect, He did not need to create them and, as nothing obliged Him not to create the cosmos, so also nothing obliged Him to do so.


In His infinite goodness and wisdom, God wanted it thus and, as if from a rushing torrent, He produced an innumerable quantity of beings.

In addition to having all perfections, God Our Lord sees in Himself every degree of perfection possible. In creating such a great number of beings, He wanted that these beings not only reflect His perfection, but that they do so by the most varied degrees.

One may consider the Catholic Cause as that ideal that aims to make Creation, considered in its entirety and not in just one or another of its aspects, give glory to God.

We are dealing with making the ensemble of families, cities, nations, mankind and, in ultimate analysis, the entire Universe, give glory to God.

Gothic Cathedral on a rock by the sea. Painting by Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

Gothic Cathedral on a rock by the sea. Painting by Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

According to Scholasticism, beauty consists of unity in variety. We consider an object beautiful when its various elements form an entirety.

Fragmented beings, lacking unity, possess neither beauty nor a capacity of attraction. By means of its diverse and varied elements, it is unity that gives beauty and value to beings.

The principle of unity in variety has its laws, which comprise what we call the Esthetics of the Universe.


O Universo é uma Catedral: Excertos do pensamento de Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira recolhidos por Leo Daniele, Edições Brasil de Amanhã, São Paulo, 1997

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