November 22, 2014
Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain. . .” Proverbs 31:30(KJV) It is apparent that the vast majority of people generally want to think well of themselves, even more, to feel beautiful in the eyes of the beholder. In today’s sexual starved society, people are held to such unattainable standard of beauty, ironically leading to low self-esteem, and a void of self-worthiness. These standards have caused women and men to overlook the beauty that God has created in them and find their solace in the ultimate illusion of beauty; cosmetic surgery. Although, the vanity of beauty can never fill the lustful heart of man, once the person becomes aware and accepts their inner self-image, only then, will they be able to see beauty in their reflection, which is true everlasting beauty.
This is the case, for instance in the children story “Donkey-donkey” by Roger Duvoisin. The first encounters of Donkey showcases his environment, the social structure, thus, the farms society. Donkey-donkey believed that he looks ridiculous with long ears that stick straight up, so he consults his friends on the farm. Each having its own idea of beautiful ears—all remarkably like their own. The writers’ undertone of depression and anxiety are exposed as Poor Donkey-donkey becomes sadder and sadder as he tries to follow their advice. Finally, a little girl visiting the farm admires his long ears and, with new self-esteem, Donkey-donkey keeps his beautiful long ears upright from then on. The writer highlights the similarity of our culture and our social values, as our family and friends who in someway define our core values, there is still a greater influence that defines beauty and our self-image, and that is society.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This quotation was firstly heard in Greek in the 3rd century. This means that various people could interpret beauty in different ways....
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