Dostoevsky said that beauty will save the world. Of course, everyone has their own standard of beauty and as they say--the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or in the ear. But, but, there are universals. Is America beautiful? Goodness gracious, the United States and Canada are breathtaking. In the times of the serious upheaval, such as today's, it is good to simply recall what is truly beautiful and talented and that it is still out there. In fact, it is in the subconsciousness, it is hard-wired. I may bitch and write serious books with some serious forecasts, hoping they never come true, but in the end of the day anyone whose head is screwed on correctly on his (her) body must have a retreat into the realm of simply beautiful. Like paintings of women by Konstantin Razumov in this rendition of classic Russian song known as Those Were the Days (By a Long Road).
Or just enjoy breathtakingly beautiful and talented Lucy Thomas who is just 16 years old but her talent is just boundless.
Or, good ol' Neal Sedaka from America which is no more.
P.S. Neal Diamond's masterpiece is one of few truly our, my and my wife's, songs, as I am sure it is true for millions around the world. I know how Pink Floyd saved my sanity. So, enjoy if you will, a real culture.