Is there a universal imperative for morality? If so, can it be argued that moral behavior is an aspect (or component) of aesthesis?
I think so. I think Keats may have had it right too when he wrote:
'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.'
There is very little we can “know” on earth because after all there is so much that is so unknowable–[to name just a handful: the quantum, the vast mysteries of space, the puzzle even of what time is or why it goes forward and never in reverse]-------but one thing we all recognize, even as small children before we know anything else----- and that is a sense of the aesthetic ; for example, the beauty of a sunset, the symmetry of nature, the comfort of the ocean-----and thousands of other things which smack of aesthetics. All these things are recognizable as pleasing to us ----even as infants.
And as for morality------I submit that a disciplined man (or woman), i.e. one who conforms his/her behavior to a set of principles befitting the greater good of his/her fellows is also a “thing of beauty”. That is worthy of appreciation, invoking awe, inviting emulation.
There is a “revealing truth” which arises out of such beauty too. By “revealing truth” I mean a recognition of reality which is revealed “revealed” within the act of appreciation and during a state of awe or captivation of such things------ a sunset, a painting, poem, for example, and, the beauty of a moral life. Hence, beauty is truth and truth beauty. And by, extension, morality is a cosmic truth
Who agrees or disagrees? I welcome commentary.