The modern inability to grasp the importance of form

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But trivial art abounds even in the homes and schools and churches of those committed to restoring the culture. Peonies share flowerbeds with garden gnomes (which Hildebrand deplores by name), Virgil is declaimed from particleboard podia, and Tenebrae is sung without extinguishing the electricity. These failures of good taste point to a deeper problem: the modern inability to grasp the importance of form. Despite his departures from traditional metaphysics, Hildebrand always defended the traditional forms of doctrine and liturgy, trying to persuade Pope Paul VI not to jettison the classical forms that draw us toward God. Encountering the acuity of Hildebrand’s discernment of form in his Aesthetics might be a first step towards a practical restoration of the good, the true, and the beautiful.

- Andrew Thompson-Briggs, Good Taste May Save the World