Of course many Nazis listened rapturously to Wagner and Beethoven, and certainly appreciation of beauty does seem independent of appreciation of goodness. But sometimes I wonder whether the increasing viciousness we see in people is somehow connected to the decreasing access to beauty in our lives. It seems possible that too many, living in urban blight, or in cookie cutter suburbs, and listening to a steady diet of the urban soundscape or pop or rap music, have never experienced transcendence of place, time and self, a liberation from circumstance, that encounters with beauty can give us.
What do I mean? Listen to this BBC broadcast.