Human Physical Appearance and Beauty

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Someone famous once said, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Maybe he wasn't famous. Maybe "he" wasn't even a he; or perhaps, this statement is simply innate and widely accepted. Webster identifies beauty as being merely "good looks" or "the quality of being very pleasing". As Webster may have mastered a portion of the definition, I believe beauty delves much deeper than solely skin deep. Although it is eminent to find beauty in the material world, it is just as crucial to see the beauty which lies within a person.

After serious contemplation I have arrived at the conclusion that there are two substantial types of beauty. The first is beauty which is found in objects such as a sunset, or the way a person may appear outwardly to society. (This is the type of beauty Webster refers to in the dictionary.) The second type of beauty, however, I find carries with it the most importance, but is also the least cherished by many, as in, heavenly, inward beauty. In the Bible Peter tells us that outward beauty will wither away, just as flowers do. This is reiterated by John Donne with his quote, "Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies." Outward beauty is not eternal and will age along with the subject itself. Heavenly beauty however, which is measured by one's character, is eternal. As Saki presents, "Beauty is only sin deep."

Once when I was unforgettably sick and ached all over, my mom came into my room, the forest of germs at the time, and began to rub my feet. She had been out in the yard (or something) and was dressed in icky clothing with dirt on her sleeves. Though my mother, in all her goodness, didn't appear to represent the first kind of beauty I talked about, no one could have been more beautiful to me.

Simple acts of love and kindness towards others morph themselves into an understated realm of beauty.
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