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John Berger: "It is within [the] natural context that beauty is encountered, and the encounter is by its nature sudden and unpredictable. The gale blows itself out, the sea changes from the colour of grey shit to aquamarine. Under the fallen boulders of an avalanche a flower crowns. Over the shanty town the moon rises . . . However it is encountered, beauty is always an exception, always in despite of. This is why it moves us . . . we live in a world of suffering in which evil is rampant, a world whose events do not confirm our Being . . . It is in this situation that the aesthetic moment offers hope. That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe . . . For an instant, the energy of one's perception becomes inseparable from the energy of the creation."