Sophia Lauren once said: « Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes, it is not something physical ». True beauty cannot be ephemeral, it is eternal and everlasting, and it doesn’t change its meaning according to circumstances, generations, cultures, and centuries. Beauty is anything that triggers joy and happiness. Beauty is divine; it is a breeze on an extremely hot day. Beauty is a strong friendship, a true and inspirational love.
Beauty is the freedom of a hummingbird and is a healthy red apple clinging in the tree. In all those contexts, beauty takes a separate road from the physical and the concrete. Beauty is divine, hence is reflected in the creation. It is nature and natural, and most of all unique. It is a breath taking sunset, waves struggling to subsist in a broad deep blue ocean, a green patch overpopulated with lively trees, it is a loud storm in an awfully quite forest, it is an angry sky expressing his rebellion through lightning.
Beauty is what gives you a special taste of pleasure, the taste you get when looking at those things with back-thought free mind. It cannot be manipulated, it can only be admired, since humans and human power have no control over it; and since we, as the weak creatures we are, can’t create the abstract. Beauty is felt and seen when you have your eyes closed, not open. When you have your eyes closed, and you are strongly relating to your soul, to the only pure and not biased entity, is when you can connect to the core of beauty.
Beauty is a true and inspirational love, the kind of love that binds a mother to her child. Alice Walker longed through the most part of her life for regaining the physical beauty she once had, underwent several plastic surgeries that only altered her perceptions for a short period of time, however, came to feel the beauty cross her person only when her little girl gave tongue to the strong words:”Mummy, there is a world in your eye”, as a strong testimonial of where beauty gets its seeds.
Beauty is the freedom of a humming bird: it is freedom from prejudice, freedom to express your uniqueness under all its shades, freedom to express your opinion and voice your thoughts through poems and paintings, freedom you give your body to express itself when you dance and sing out loud. Beauty is the freedom that gives you an overwhelming joy when you’ve finally crossed all boundaries and destroyed the social chains binding you; those chains that dictate to you how you should view yourself and the norms by which you should be judged.
Beauty is when you finally realize that you are the only person holding a license to drive your destiny and change its direction based on your attitude. Beautiful is a healthy apple attached to the tree, it is when God has granted you the gift of being in shape and harmony in your own body, and spared you the suffering of going through the pain Greatly went through. Beautiful is normal red blood cells, a strong heart and lungs to support oxygen flow into your organs.
Beauty blossoms when you acknowledge your luck and blessings, and you start looking at the glass as half full instead of half empty the same way Walker did:” I remember, I am in the desert for the first time, I fall totally in love with it. I confront for the first time, consciously, the meaning of the doctor’s words years ago-eyes are sympathetic. If one is blind, the other will likely go blind too-. I realized I have dashed about the world madly, looking at this, looking at that, storing up images against the fading of the light.
But I might have missed seeing the desert! ” when she eventually understood how losing an eye gave sight to her heart. Beauty is not physical. However, we tend to mistakenly define beauty in relationship to bodily traits. In doing so, we unconsciously bleach the notion of beauty by making it a mere perception. Physical beauty depends on the angle mark you make your judgment from, which scientifically is not constant. By extension, physical beauty is not constant either.
How can you then argue to tag a notion by a definition that is in essence only valid when particular conditions are met? And most importantly, how and when did we come to accept being fooled by the media into taking part in a game that was initialized mainly for pure and genuine marketing motives? If we stand back and take time to analyze the core of the term « beauty » as it is advertized today: a flawless unnatural image that requires specific care and attention, we’ll notice that it is for pure benefit purposes made through a refined web plan broken into two steps.
The first step taken by trading companies is to set specific standards for beauty through media and stars people look up to: flawless skin we can reach by banning blemishes and scars, by resisting to aging and wrinkles, by removing unwanted hair, and by keeping a high hydration level; a perfectly tamed hair, trimmed regularly, colored to the perfection to cover gray hair, and always looking trendy; in addition to a firm slim body you starve yourself to attain, criminalizing superfluous weight and sometimes pushing yourself over the edge practicing sports.
The step that logically follows is how those companies are going to “help” us attain “beauty” and pleasure: simply by convincing us that beauty comes from within, from within tubes and jars and bottles and machines…A whole industry is generated from that project. In the end, we can’t help but wonder: How can we accept taking part in merchandizing a divine and pure concept, which is beauty? In conclusion, beauty doesn’t burry its definition in the physical and concrete.
Therefore, if we were to commit the unforgivable mistake of equaling beauty to the physical, it would lose its sacredness to become trivial or meaningless. Beauty remains that abstract notion that we, humans, have no control over. Beauty is in the feelings and eternal intangible world our flesh doesn’t have access to, while only our minds do: that’s how I concluded that beauty comes from within.