|The Birth of Venus by Boticelli|
Intro essay to Chapter II
Some would argue that wisdom derives from and is the proper application of truth, and that truth will ultimately set you free, and some might even insinuate that all truth, regardless of how awful the consequences of that truth is: is beautiful because it is eternal—ultimately some would say that beauty is the goal of all truth because the otherworldliness of said beauty cannot be moralized or contained by the vicissitudes or standards of this world. That truth sets one free is not so suspect—even the criminal will at times admit after being caught that he is now at peace because he no longer has to live a lie, and he will further admit that the proper penalty affixed to the crime is a relief for him to serve, but beauty? the end goal of all truth is something altogether different and harder to prove.