Why Beauty Matters by Roger Scruton.
Something interesting to watch and also think about.
1. It appears true to me that we see less beauty in “art” as recognised by institutions nowadays. But could a reason be that there is less sorrow in our current society, and artists feel the need to arouse other emotions in their audience? Could beauty be a important theme in art in an environment which was more harsh and unforgiving? (btw, lack of sorrow does not equal increase in happiness. There could be more apathy replacing sorrow/happiness)
2. The seeking of beauty is not lost. Just look at the popularity of phone cameras and all those uploads on social media. These are all the results of people seeking beauty in their everyday lives.
3. Personally, I look for beauty. In everyday things. In a different way, I hope. A reveal of beauty in simple things like flowers and scenery gives me a sense of wonder, and I would rather live a life of wonder than that of sorrow and despair.