11. Truth and Beauty

John Keats’ poem, “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” ends with two lines: “Beauty is truth, truth beauty, — that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” (See also Challenge 120.)

This set of challenges asks you to reflect upon what you believe is true, as well as small fibs, exaggerations, and bad liars. What is lying? Why do we lie? Is it as Jack Nicholson, playing Colonel Nathan R. Jessop, in A Few Good Men shouts? “You can’t handle the truth!”

What do you find beautiful, and how do you describe it? It takes practice to convey all the nuances of truth and beauty.

Now get started writing!

226. Flower

Suggested time: 10–15 minutes

Think of a flower. The term flower is abstract; however, the flower you picture will be precise ...

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