Today as I spend 2 hours on Facebook semi-stalking friends whom I haven’t seen for a long time, an epiphany hit me: everyone is beautiful. Might be because Facebook usually masks out the ugly because people only want to showcase what’s “showcase-able” or bragworthy; or simply because it’s the truth. And as I study the book of Genesis, I realize that it’s not unlikely for every human being to have beauty because every human being was made in the image of God. And only good can come out of Him.
Who once was shy and almost invisible in high school is now posting party photos. The once “insecure” are now sharing sexy beach photos. The nerd has a super hot girlfriend. It’s the high school reunion you want to be in where everyone turned out waaaaaay better than what you thought they would.
Just goes to show that 1) human judgments are fickle and unsubstantial. How you see a person today does not define his identity for eternity. People can change; and people can change for the best. Lesson there is that when you think low on others, quickly remove that thought because time is not in your hands nor is that person’s willpower. Only God knows our destinies. Who are we to tell someone he’s good for nothing?
2) Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder for beauty is more than perspective..it’s an attitude.
3) Beauty, like most of the things in life, is a choice. If you’re presented with a piece of art that speaks a different language from yours, your common and most usual reaction is to say, “I don’t like it.” This is because humans, by nature, are wired to be negative by default. But when we choose to go beyond the surface and invest more time and attention understanding the why’s of its creation, we understand it and for the most part, we appreciate it. Slowly, without you realizing it, it becomes beautiful to you.
I used to think that people with dark skin are ugly. This is because my world and the society that surrounds me dictate and brainwash kiddie brains to think this way through cartoons and commercials that are biased and subtly racist. (I’m a Filipino and most of the people from my race are brown-skinned. Some a little browner than the others; some fairer than most. Basta, Pinoy. There’s an ineffable mark that identifies our race from the rest of the world. It escapes me to use the phrase, “it takes one Pinoy to know another Pinoy.”) Nonetheless, I always had a biased towards the fair-skinned ones. I never got jealous of someone with dark skin. It just wasn’t possible. To my mind, the whiter you are, the closer you are to westerners; hence, a better position you have in life. But this is all wrong ideology. Color has nothing to do with a person’s being. It does not dictate his intelligence, his heart, nor his ability to express himself. And the colonial mentality of always agreeing with the westerners produced nothing but an insecure group of individuals who can’t improve their society because they’re too busy looking at each other and then judging one another. Too busy living up to the standards of a race that does not sincerely desire the right type of freedom for this country.
Don’t we always hear in school, whether in kindergarten fingerprint lessons to complex biochemistry courses, “everyone is unique?” Hence, the idea of fitting each one into a “beauty mold,” is impossible.
Look at the face of your mother, your father, your siblings… your children. Look at your enemies, at the public political figures whose images are masked with their seemingly dirty work. Look at the people on the street. Look at the dirty-smelling beggar. Look at the homeless couple. Look at them and see that despite the sin that we are always exposed to, there is a God-print in them. We have to go past the point of finger-pointing and hasty generalizations. Choose to see this mark and discover that everyone is beautiful. I implore you to CHOOSE to see this truth today.