Lord Apollon, the very pinnacle of beauty, I pray that You lift the shroud of bias, shame, blame, and control that clouds over the eyes of those who wish to see beauty in the world. I pray that You, Unshorn One, allow these to see the many truths before them, which they shirk from their sight. Lord of the Light Unceasing, brighten the world before these who are lost, that they will witness the terrible, ugly, beautiful truth of Nature– that which we see and admire, is also that which may destroy us, even as we sit staring in awe.
The many landscapes are indeed beautiful, especially to those who traverse them not. Those who look from afar and never step foot into the wild lands. Fear contains them, and rightly so. The beautiful world is indifferent to their praises, and hostile to their ignorance. So, Lord, I pray that You tear away the fragile skin which covers them, that which hides their insecurities, and that which implicates them in the ancient scheme of subjugation.
These whose mouths are open only to speak the ancient falsehoods– that physical beauty alone is the compass of virtue– let their mouths be closed so that their ears, hearts and minds may instead be opened to the vastness of this beautiful, terrible, ugly world. I pray that You open their eyes to rot and death, to pain and suffering, to plague and fear. Only then will beauty and ugliness be revealed as twin aspects of the Truth: All that is beautiful is not automatically good. All that is good is not necessarily beautiful. Beauty and ugliness are woven between the fabric of matter, space and time. One may not exist where the other does not also dwell.
Apollon Despota, Wrathful Lord, I pray that You will do these things and more, to facilitate the growth so badly needed. For only through the cutting away of disease may the whole body be saved. So, Lord, to that end, do I offer these gifts, that You might be pleased, as well as favorable toward us who keep Your charge to bring both truth, and beauty, into the world.