David Brooks is indeed a renaissance man.
On the heels of his prior New York Times op-ed entitled "The Brutalism of Ted Cruz" in which Brooks savaged what he termed Cruz's "pagan brutalism," he now, in a 180 degree turnaround, brings us "When Beauty Strikes." Brooks informs us in his new Times opinion piece:
"If true racial reconciliation is achieved in this country, it will be through the kind of deep spiritual and emotional understanding that art can foster. You change the world by changing peoples’ hearts and imaginations."
Fascinating! Racial reconciliation by way of art! A pity it wasn't the focus of President Obama's State of the Union Address.
All of which reminds me of W.C. Fields' thoughts regarding aesthetics:
"I was in love with a beautiful blonde once, dear. She drove me to drink. That's the one thing I'm so indebted to her for."
Sorry, what's that you said, darling? No, of course the Fields quotation has nothing to do with you. Simply decided to break away from my bounded rationality and go with the flow of universal creativity. You know, change my heart and imagination.