Parting Shot


By Eric Mattson

“All of us are meaning-seekers. We approach every painting, novel, film, symphony or ballet unconsciously hoping it will move us one step further on the journey toward answering the question ‘Why am I here?’ People living in the postmodern world, however, are faced with an excruciating dilemma. Their hearts long to find ultimate meaning, while at the same time their critical minds do not believe it exists. We are homesick, but have no home. So we turn to the arts and aesthetics to satisfy our thirst for the Absolute. But if we want to find our true meaning in life, our search cannot end there. Art or beauty is not the destination; it is a signpost pointing toward our desired destination.” From Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron.

As evil in this world troubles the eyes of my heart, aesthetic beauty reminds my spirit of my desired destination which is nothing short of God.