I Googled the quote to be sure I got it right and found this elegant post:
Ravi Bhoraskar, Quoraskar:
Modernist writers often freely blend the idea of the existence of the Universe, and our perception of it. Thus, as Flaviu Vescan says, human beings strive to exist because they see meaning in beauty and a sense in trying to preserve it. Taking this further, one could argue that the purpose of the existence of the Universe is to preserve beauty. “Nature loves symmetry” is oft quoted, and reaffirms this idea. Beauty has inherent worth, and this inherent worth gives meaning to existence.
“Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn says:
It is vain to affirm that which the heart does not confirm. In contrast, a work of art bears within itself its own confirmation: concepts which are manufactured out of whole cloth or overstrained will not stand up to being tested in images, will somehow fall apart and turn out to be sickly and pallid and convincing to no one. Works steeped in truth and presenting it to us vividly alive will take hold of us, will attract us to themselves with great power- and no one, ever, even in a later age, will presume to negate them. And so perhaps that old trinity of Truth and Good and Beauty is not just the formal outworn formula it used to seem to us during our heady, materialistic youth. If the crests of these three trees join together, as the investigators and explorers used to affirm, and if the too obvious, too straight branches of Truth and Good are crushed or amputated and cannot reach the light—yet perhaps the whimsical, unpredictable, unexpected branches of Beauty will make their way through and soar up to that very place and in this way perform the work of all three.
And in that case it was not a slip of the tongue for Dostoyevsky to say that “Beauty will save the world,” but a prophecy. After all, he was given the gift of seeing much, he was extraordinarily illumined.”
Will beauty save the world? I don’t know. But part of the work of The New School is to give beauty its due. Beauty enlivens us, awakens us, and recalls us to what it means to be human. Thanks for being part of The New School.