“A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness. Endymion, John Keats
Beauty can take many forms and be found in the strangest of places. One person might look at someone or something and be instantly repulsed, while another will find that same sight irresistibly alluring. Even words and phrases can have the same effect. Take ‘web’, for example. It has almost universally negative connotations: a web of intrigue, the ‘tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive’, Dave Webb, the Chelsea hard man of the seventies, even Sir Cliff adopted a pseudonym thinking it would further his career.
The word’s reputation has not been greatly enhanced either, by its inclusion in the line ‘world-wide web’, which can still conjure up images of lonely souls becoming ensnared in the grubby nets cast by the seedier, narrow-minded inhabitants of the broadband b-roads.
No doubt the source of this mistrust is its association with our eight-legged friend, which makes it as irrational as the fear of spiders itself. That is why we at the button-nosed, high-cheekboned, firm-bottomed publication that is, The Inconsequential, invite you to reassess your opinion of that much-maligned creature’s food catcher and apprehend instead the limitless beauty it can display.
Indeed, you’ll find sprinkled throughout this issue our homage to the less obvious pulchritudinous delights on offer to every single one of us if we would only take the time to lift our heads and perceive these everyday sights as if encountering them for the first time. Those Ethics Girls give you a start by pointing out one or two sights of natural beauty, our Cover story expounds on the subject introduced above, while at least one of our contributors relates an experience that some readers may find distressing. Well, life isn’t all rainbows and flowers, but even the harshest of scenes can have a charm all of its own.