Underlines, the standard, built-in signifier of hyperlinks, the core feature of the web, are beautiful.
This is objectively true. They are aesthetically one of the most delightful visual design elements ever created.
They represent the ideal of a democratized information system. They are a frail monument to the worldwide reach of ideas and discourse. They are proof of our ascension from trees and swamps, a testament to our species’ intelligence, and a witness to our inevitable downfall.