Friday, July 24, 2009

True Beauty

True beauty cannot and should not be defined. It was never meant to be outlined in a perfect set of measurements or a finite list of attributes.

So why is so much importance placed on the idea of physical beauty? Studies say that being beautiful often gets both men and women further in school, in their chosen careers, and in their own life patterns. Attractive employees often receive more promotions and raises than their less attractive counterparts; good-looking students do better in school; beautiful women entice men to do their bidding; good looking men inspire women to pick up the tab. Shameful as it may seem, it appears physical beauty plays too large a part in our everyday lives.

Beauty has become an obsession among those who don’t believe that grace, charm, or personality is enough to get them the things they want out of life. Many individuals who can’t achieve the perfect look resort to other factors to sway people in their favor; they use money, power, or sexuality as a secret weapon to garner whatever they want from others. Worse yet they undergo surgeries to try and become beautiful, perfect looking people.

What they don’t understand is that such actions actually detract from their overall physical beauty. People must love others for who they are not what they look like. Love has nothing to do with looks unfortunately many individuals believe it does. Those are the people who forgo real love built on stone for love built on sand which crumbles when the physical beauty does.

In truth, beauty should be looked at as a combination of physical attributes, inner spirit, personality, intelligence, and heart. Such a definition would greatly expand how the human race views the concept of true beauty. Few, if any, individuals would then been considered average, since no two people are alike and all have something unique to offer the world.

Over the years, the idea of what is considered beautiful has vastly changed. There was a time when the curves of a woman were highly sought after, while today the only acceptable look is stick thin. Such extreme beliefs are all aimed at defining a perfect beauty broken down into a combination of specific physical attributes. These may include a symmetrical body, a good complexion, youthfulness, health, and vitality. Unfortunately, it has been proven that physical beauty doesn’t ensure a beautiful spirit, and this lack can ultimately spoil the overall package.

Truth is beauty is all around us if we take the time to look past the preconceived notions and false beliefs so many of us hold. In essence beauty cannot be defined because in its true state it's something that cannot be seen or touched but is felt with the heart.


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