A beautiful (yes, that’s the right word) post on Wangjianshuo’s blog (h/t to Think China), entitled, “Not Be Afraid Of Grace And Beauty,” lamenting how China’s rapid economic rising so often substitutes for and takes precedence over beauty.
John F. Kennedy comes in by way of a quote from him on the South Wall of the J.F.Kennedy Center for Performing Art, but I am pulling the same line from a 1963 speech Kennedy gave at Amherst College:
I look forward to a great future for America, a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose. I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty, which will protect the beauty of our natural environment, which will preserve the great old American houses and squares and parks of our national past, and which will build handsome and balanced cities for our future.
I admit to being a sucker for anything JFK, but can anyone even conceivably imagine any of the candidates running for President now, or any President since JFK, saying anything even close to that? And who is saying this for China?