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"Beauty does not create love. Love creates beauty." Furlotte
In the film Furlotte asked a question about artists that I'd like to open up. She said that artists are often able to see beauty where others don't. Why is that? Since that wasn't the theme of the film, it wasn't answered. I'd like to propose one possible answer.
Dr. Elaine Aron is widely published in academic journals on the subject of Sensory Processing Sensitivity. An SPS person is more aware of subtleties because of the way their brain processes information. They love to think deeply. About 20% of the population has this attribute, many of the group being artists. The trait is also found in animals and works as a natural system to alert the tribe of dangers, evaluating risk, and being "observant before acting." In the past SPS's were used as counsellors, spiritual leaders and seers to the ruling warrior type classes.
Perhaps one reason artists see beauty where others don't is because many have brains that are geared differently. This way of processing stimuli has a great deal of advantages as Dr. Aron brings out in her book. Do you have SPS or does your child? You can take her Highly Sensitive Person quiz to find out.