Thank you for the extra good wishes sent my way in the last few days. My computer miraculosly is working and my body is coming along.:)
Several years ago I saw a show on television (Nat Geo or PBS?) about human beauty—beautiful faces and bodies. By combining different features on the computer, they came up with the ‘perfect’ faces for a female and a male, as rated by other people. Halle Berry had the ideal female face, a perfectly balanced facial symmetry. I forgot who the male star was; one of People Magazine’s most handsome men, I think. Other researchers have found that women with hourglass figures are more attractive to men, a subconscious acknowledgement of higher levels of female, reproductive hormones.
If you search the word beauty, a whole bunch of links come up that have to do with cosmetics, hair products and other things we can use to make ourselves appear more beautiful than we are. This world is an illusory world–what is real is love and compassion–and the use of make-up makes us into even more of an illusion. How many times in stories are beautifully made-up people shown to be vain and cruel, who never think before they speak and when they speak only dark thoughts are born? I think it’s far better just to be who we are and let the chips fall where they may.
Physical beauty does count in our world, though. Better-looking students get better grades. Beautiful people get more attention from their doctors, and lighter sentences from judges than their not-so-attractive cohorts. Beautiful people earn more money than average-looking people, who earn more money than those rated low in physical attractiveness. So what are people who aren’t model-material supposed to do?
Take heart! The physical beauty and good health of youth will not last long unless some inner beauty is also brought to bear, and a homely person becomes beautiful over his or her lifetime by being sensitive, kind and tender with other people, and by using intelligence and creativity to make the world a better place. People who consider themselves average or homely may feel less valuable than their peers and may be tempted to give up on themselves and life, but each of us is gifted in some way, whether it’s our ability to be gracious, our personality, our integrity, charisma or intelligence–and we’re meant to let our light shine, wherever it may lie within us. We are souls who’ve taken on temporary bodies to learn how to live from the heart. We may have plain features, but we get to decide whether we’ll turn them into a smile or a frown.