Sunday, October 12, 2008

The One Outstanding

. . . the greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something,and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion,—all in one.
John Ruskin, “Of Modern Landscape,” Modern Painters III, 4.16 (91)

Restated, one individual among hundreds has the ability to think.
Among thousands of thinkers will be one with the ability to see.
The one left standing who is capable of seeing clearly and expressing it in a plain way delivers the product we recognize as art.

Buried somewhere amid thousands of perfume launches lies one uniquely worthy gem of a fragrance. And it won't necessarily be carried in any chain or department stores.

Shelley Waddington
Carmel, California