Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Right to Grace

Grace is a form of beauty.

It is sometimes a line,
sometimes a movement,
that has a sense of charm, ease, and kindness.
It attracts us.
Some say it has a divine connection,
so the word is often found in relation to
theological concepts:  divine grace.

The word grace comes from Latin gratia,
which means favor or pleasing.

Grace Kelly, 20th c. actress and Queen
Many philosophers write about grace.
Plato wrote about poets writing under the influence of the Graces.
Malebranche wrote a Traité de la nature et de la grâce
(Treatise on Nature and Grace) (1680).
Edmund Burke wrote in his treatise on aesthetics,
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin
of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757),
that the grace of line of beautiful objects
applies to the curves of the female body.

Love is listed as synonym for grace.

May every being embody the Right to Grace.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

The right to grace is a right that adds a pleasing or attractive quality in a person. Also, the beauty of grace is that it can mean something unique for each of us. By: L.J.B.R.

T. said...

Haha, love that you used a picture of Grace Kelly for a post about the quality/ value/ immaterial good/ whatever it's called of "grace". And she truly was probably the most gaceful woman of all time.

Anonymous said...

Grace is also the ability to get out of an unwanted situation with class and manner. This is one of the first things they teach to royalty figures, and if you go to a mannerism school you will most definetly be taught how to act with grace.

Carlos G.

Anonymous said...

I think in this day and age grace is something that should be rediscovered, along with chivalry. I agree with the right to grace.
L.A.R.

Anonymous said...

Grace is not thought of very much in today's society. I believe any one object, human, situation that radiates grace comes from above. I remember an awesome conference by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the famous book and now movie Eat Pray and Love. It is a 19 minute argument that grace does not come from within us. She gives a beautiful example of a dancer who on a special night, leaps and dances with so much grace (giving us a peak of what heaven is like).

In her argument she states that this " amazing grace " is too powerfull for a mere human brain to understand and most of all to take credit for. She influenced me to believe her by her humor, intelligence and passion. Please watch it if you have the time. You can search on google " Elizabeth Gilbert on TED, Ideas Worth Spreading ".

I believe that grace comes from God in all shapes and forms. It is never in just one way though, on one hand you may experience a "divine grace" that you may be in a car accident where everyone dies except you. On the other hand grace can also mean that you are very good at something; for example a sport. Grace has many different meanings but for me, it comes only from one source. -MV

MSM15 said...

In my opinion, grace is a beautiful value that increase the quality of a person. I agree with the divine connection because grace is a gift from God to complement our spirit. I join to declare the right to grace!!
-MSM15

Anonymous said...

I agree with MV that grace can be found even in things not thought of as traditionally graceful, such as a hurricane or a trained boxer moving about in the ring. Grace is a quality that goes deeper than dressing well and being a good hostess; it permeates the soul and shows itself in little moments of kindness and thoughtfulness when nobody's looking.
-A.B.

Anonymous said...

The right to grace is a profound compliment to the word beauty. Men and women should always be entitled to such a form of beauty because it really brings out who we are and what we do. It shows how amazing one's colors could be brought out and examined around through others eyes. We can not live in a world where we are all equal and have no colors to show or uniqueness to animate. I declare the right to grace. -J.J.V.

Anonymous said...

I also declare the right to grace! It is a beautiful quality in a person and although in this day and age it is quite difficult to find someone with grace, when I do it is absolutely wonderful. Etel

Anonymous said...

We all have our unique grace, but I believe not everyone, utilizes it. Perhaps, because they may not even realize, they, too, have this eloquent gift. The beauty of grace is discovering our own inner allure that we were born with, because we each have a divine purpose in this life to fulfill.

I also believe in a divine grace, by a force larger than you and I, signs from above, leading us to our own way home. Cheryl Richardson's best selling book, "The Unmistakable Touch of Grace", goes much further into this profound topic, a book I highly recommend to all. ~ F.G.

“Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.”
~ Author Unknown

Anonymous said...

In modern day society I do not believe grace is valued as much. People don’t say please and thank you as often as they should that is why we as people are overwhelmed when a person has grace or manners when in reality we should all carry this quality.

P.Picone

A.N.A. said...

I completely agree with what Carlos G. However I also believe grace is also "treating others as you would like to be treated." People who act with grace care more about what's right rather than who's right. They value people and their opinions.

Anonymous said...

The right to grace is a right that may be seen from many points of view. The word grace has many meanings, but undeniably all the meanings are good. Grace is a right not everybody would embrace, but everyone must consider. A.L.

Anonymous said...

Grace is an art. And truly a divine experience. To see true grace is the most relaxing, nostalgic, eye opening experience.
J.M.

Anonymous said...

Grace is such a beautiful trait but nowadays it is very scarce. There are not many people exercising good manners on a day to day basis, it's such a sad thing to see.

Shani A.

Anonymous said...

To me, Grace Kelly is a marvelous example of "Grace." Grace doesn't need to be religious, it is just a state of being. Dancers are graceful, cats are graceful, a queen is graceful. Anyone can move with grace or handle situations with grace.

“I would like to be remembered as someone who accomplished useful deeds, and who was a kind and loving person. I would like to leave the memory of a human being with a correct attitude and who did her best to help others.”
-Grace Kelly

Monica C.

Anonymous said...

Having grace is something that most people want. Grace is looked upon as something beautiful, like the way a ballerina or an acrobat moves is considered graceful. We all want grace because grace is associated with beauty, poise, style, charm, elegance etc. SJB

Anonymous said...

In an essay that I wrote about The right to grace, I contemplate about whether or not I am a graceful person. How do people view me, it is through their opinion will I know if I exhibit any attributes of grace. Grace is the very essence of beauty.
PoPcOrN

Anonymous said...

Grace is a smooth and elegant gesture. Not everyone is graceful, as some of us can be rather rough. But, to have grace is like enganging in peace or the act of patience. To have grace is something to be grateful for.

-G.R.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting that grace tends to be different for each individual. Many can see grace in a female form, while others see grace in a butterfly. If you are fortunate enough to truly experience grace, please embrace it and be grateful.

Sheeda M.

Anonymous said...

The revelation that Mother Teresa went through such a long period in her life not feeling the presence of God, grace removed, is perhaps confirmation that grace cannot be earned.
"A life of surrender, a heart filled with love.
Open arms for the needy, Oh, mother such sublime grace."
-Ana DM

Anonymous said...

I agree with the right to grace. Everyone should have the right to grace. Grace is almost like simplicity in a way. It gives you kindness in a simple yet joyful way in which some situations we do not deserve it but it is very humble and teaches us how to care more for others.
Chelsea M.

Anonymous said...

The right to grace is a right that adds an elegance and attractiveness to a person. Grace seems to be noticed in the most delicate forms such as a woman or a butterfly floating gently in the air. To have grace is rewarding because when you know you have it, you know you have mastered elegance,beauty and a certain skill for whatever it is you have been working hard for. For example, to what SJB said about the ballerina and acrobat.
-D.E.C.

Anonymous said...

I believe grace is around us every day since the world we live in is immensely graceful. To me, there is nothing more graceful than nature itself and it is represented by the beauty of our planet, that to me is the biggest proof that grace is a right we were all born with, considering that we get to live in it every day. D.C.R

D.Zabala said...

Grace can be given in so many different ways. In the honor of having someone grace your table with their presence, their beauty and elegance, or even an act of goodwill. Everyone should embrace the right to grace.

Anonymous said...

I believe that in this generation, grace is very hard to find. We have lost sight of beauty and have change many of our morals in this society. I hope we can one day change that, become a less "trashy" society.
CR

Anonymous said...

Grace is definitely a quality that someone has and I personally do not think that we can learn how to have this gift because it comes with the personality of the person however sometimes the ones that do not have it can try but is not natural. I also believe that grace is given by a higher power and it is given to us so we can give to the people around us some of that magnificent grace because if we have received grace we should give grace. O.V.

Anonymous said...

There is not enough grace in our society now-a-days like there used to be. If we can all practice a little grace our society can grow to be more humbling and peaceful. -ABL

Anonymous said...

Well without grace the world wouldn’t be so beautiful. What’s a world without a woman’s grace, it wouldn’t be so pleasant in my opinion. I’m sure men have their own grace that i don’t know about but when i think of grace i think of woman and they make this world a more pleasant place to live in, for many reasons.
AG

Anonymous said...

The Right to Grace i truly believe in we should all appreciate and show kindness and love to all.If everyone would appreciate even the smallest simpliest things they would enjoy the feeling of grace.Jp

Anonymous said...

Grace is truly beautiful.We all need a little bit of Grace in our lives.Now a days are society is truly cruel.Maybe if we had more grace our world would be a better place.Sb