Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Superficiality of Beauty

Judging another by appearance is hardly a trait exclusive to humans. One has only to look at the animal kingdom to see evidence of that everywhere. Birds, fish, insects and more judge potential mates, threats and food sources (and those to avoid) based solely on the visual presentation of others.

It's safe to say that all species with eyes have a connection between ocular input and their subjective mind but perhaps only humans take visually induced subjective judgments beyond instinctive needs to survive. Humans judge others purely on appearance all the time.

With that in mind, the following is an original poem by G. Laidlaw

The Superficiality of Beauty

The Superficiality of Beauty
Can cause its share of grief,
If the subjective opinions of others
Impose negative beliefs
On the soul, spirit and character
Of the person underneath.

And from the infliction of such cruelty
Where does a person find relief,
When the superficiality of their beauty
Reflects jealous disbelief
In those too blind to see
True beauty lies beneath?

- G. Laidaw

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