Aug 20, 2009
Is Beauty really skin deeep?
I know most would answer the question with a crisp 'YES' but when it comes to really identifying the most beautiful, its always on the skin. We look at the peaches and roses complexion, the oh-so-vow fairer skin or the flawless bronzed beauty, or may be yet the dusky damsel. Have we ever dared to remove these superficial epidermal layers, and look at something further beneath and deep within? I wonder, why don't we have the nerves to unmask the real beauty.
The dilemma that we are dealing with here is, 'If beauty is really skin deep, why do we tend to get so superficial'? and the answer is yet not known to most of us. Better said than done, is what most of us believe in and live with. It has always been easier to compliment someone on the looks than on the personality as a whole. I can hardly recall encounters when someone has really bothered to compliment me for my thoughts, my feelings, my heart and my soul until recently. Yet the fact remains, out of the 1000 compliments you receive everyday, most tend to start and end on your skin, from your eyes to your smile, your complexion, may be your skin tone, your facial features, your cheekbones, your hair, your sense of style or the fabric you are adorned with. Are we really talking about the ideal beauty? The beauty that could inspire to create and procreate, and not degenerate and dissipate.
Beauty in real sense should be an experience, rather than the mere perception which is more often than not, fake and ephemeral. The real beauty should be meaningful and sustainable which is only realistic, if its skin deep. A radiant heart clings to you, even though the skin tone might be, a bit on the dull side. Likewise, your soul mate recognizes you by mere emotional vibes and feelings that keep brimming but are rarely expressed. That's the ideal beauty that always seeks its true compatriot and gets seated, in its soul forever. After reading Brida, I really got to the state where the way this world defines beauty sounds so vague and commercialized. It lets you connect with people and persona's on an emotional and behavioral level, instead of the outer cover, the sheath that is not so permanent and rather cosmetic. It enables you to connect perennially with people around, through thoughts, beliefs, expressions, reasons and virtues. You love someone's company because you can sense your own reflection in him/her or else, every word they speak makes complete sense to you and stirs your heart and soul. It just takes you to a different world, on an emotional or spiritual high without ecstasy, cocaine or marijuana. That's the real beauty, the beauty of thoughts, the beauty of expressions, the beauty of emotions and simplicity.The beauty that lingers on..............
'Cinderella' was beautiful not because she lived in a fairytale, but because her soul was as illuminated in spite of all the atrocities she had been subjected to by her step sisters and her wicked step mother. Her heart still had the warmth that could charm the prince and captivate him, forever. Likewise, 'Rapunzel' who in her loneliness could be as melodious to capture a passer by's attention and make him come, back and again, just to be able to catch a glimpse of the owner of this beautiful voice that kept haunting him. Or for that matter, 'Snow White' who lay poisoned and dead in a glass coffin for days till her prince discovered her and could be as radiant as any living princess.
The real beauty would always prevail, since it lies deep within and as such is never maligned and soiled, by external agents. Its pure, its real and would always continue to be skin deep. Qualities like kindness, sensitivity, tenderness, compassion, creativity and intelligence have been desirable, since antiquity and they would always be for real people who visualize beauty as a continuous phenomenon. Real beauty sparkles with all its luminosity, with all its truth and brings upon the beholder, the real charm that aging can't fade, nor cosmetology can rejuvenate. Lets pledge to be beautiful, skin deep and soul wide!!!