All things must pass, and the prettiest petals must fall, but even in this process there's something beautiful, something miraculous going on.
Joseph Campbell, in the last episope in the series of televised interviews "The Power of Myth" with Bill Moyers, refers to the idea of 'the beautiful and the sublime'. What he's talking about is the perceptible differences between our experiences of the awesome energy that makes up this universe. On the one hand, we may experience this energy as the amazing sunrise over the eastern shore and we would call that beautiful. On the other hand we may experience it as the tremendous fury of volcanis eruption and Campbell would call it sublime. Motivating either experience though, and this is the point, is the very same energy. Contained in it (indeed, constituting it) are all things we call beautiful, as well as every thing we might find monstrous.
It's the real thing.