Beauty, Way of Elegance
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The Stages of Beauty

Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language. – Aldo Leopold, Sand County Almanac

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I am a writer, photographer, and contemplative. My highest value is beauty and excellence. I seek to find and appreciate it, and create it. My second value is truth. I try to clearly and accurately communicate what is real and true. My third value is kindness. I study religion and science to help me understand how to increase kindness in myself and others.

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  1. Richard,

    I stumbled across wabi sabi after two of the most inspirational figures in my life had mentioned them. Which led me to your book and then to finally appreciate that tea cup which I was about to throw away, due to its crack. Your work is ecclatic and seems to embody the principle of impermanence. In the sense that the chapters are sporadic and make you hope that they don’t end after you turn the page.

    The two figures are well known technology founders who are probably the only ones who speak about this in the industry. And at the same time, their understanding seems to pervade throughout their whole companies products/services. With such a connection to them I am co-founding a startup which has been on my mind for years. Now it is time and I find it hard for me to articulate to others through words and would really like your advice on a few points. (Since I noticed you studied creative writing)

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