Once people were instinctively tuned to the beautiful. In those distant days before the advent of the motor car and the washing machine, the electric toothbrush and the wheel, craftsmen and musicians, masons and poets, painters and dancers simply did not know how to make an ugly thing; they could not close their hearts to the light of heaven. For them, beauty was as necessary as the air they breathed. It gave dignity and meaning to drab and impoverished lives, and inspired great (and often brutal) civilizations in which people lived creative and useful lives. John Lane believes that beauty is the nourishment of the soul. It is something that gives us dignity as a species. In this book, he calls us to awaken to the possibilities of a culture that recognizes the importance of beauty, and to realize that we are only fully human in contact with the beautiful.