“Because they are beautiful.” I had asked my friend, a brilliant scientist, about why he had chosen to research fluorescent proteins. Visual aesthetics, more than any other qualities, mattered to him. I had never considered this as a rationale for an intensive scientific pursuit, or for that matter, the pursuit of greater sustainability. The projects on which I work require a breadth of skills and span a range of topics. Yet the fundamental quest is the same: alleviate suffering, realize beauty. The two pursuits are inextricably linked, the former about potential being subverted, the latter about manifesting it more fully. Whether I’m trying to align a group of people around a common vision for land conservation, or teaching a cohort of teenagers about corporate sustainability, I derive satisfaction from catalyzing those moments of transformation, however small. The beauty of such experiences is conceptual but, to me at least, no different than a powerful work of art. The secret of fostering such capacity in others is that by so doing, we more fully realize our own, which is a beautiful thing indeed.
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