I think those are really important for us all, beauty within our daily life, beauty within our mind... I'm not talking about superficial beauty such as our face or fashion style. Some art and literature can contain such beauty deep inside them but I think our era has lost the sense of beauty.
As a writer, when no one understands beauty and its importance it is really frustrating. I have seen some people who claim themselves as contemporary artists but most of them have no idea about beauty (aesthetics) and they do things based on what they were taught in school calling it conceptual. And most of writers in this day have no idea either.
Why I care beauty, because beauty also leads to ethics and ethics leads to beauty as well. That is one important basis of our life. Beauty is integral for our own mind and attitude to determine how to live as a human being. (similar to being noble, beauty makes you noble) When we lose the sense of beauty current society emerges, which is both aesthetically and ethically ugly.
(excerpted from an email)