CityRiver saidBeauty is a basic thing in the universe. If you think about, the creation of universe itself is amazingly beautiful, and pretty much everything in nature is beautiful. Look at the flowers, the clouds, the rainbows, the stars, etc. Another words, the universe is always assembling itself to present beauty in multiple ways, through multiple means.
Therefore, beauty is also present in the biological world.....
And it is the lack of attention to the inner beauty which has led to what you called "the curse of the world". People are just paying too much attention to the immediate and superficial aspects of beauty, but not the more inner, long-lasting beauty of the character.
Through my experiences as an educator and clinician in psych, I've seen people go from really beautiful and vibrant to gullem-like states in matter of days, and there are people who turned themselves around and became very attractive in a short period of time as well. So the important thing is not just physical beauty, but the vibrant nature that is within us. The life-force, the chi, the Prana, if you will. This is the power that has the ability to change physical attractiveness. This is the power that can change the world, even.
With all that said, I strongly feel that the most important thing is to have a view in which that your mental state and physical state are proportionally balanced. If a person does not have a healthy mental perspective on what beauty should be (inner and outer) then he would have a very difficult time accepting his own physical shortcomings and will always be jealous of other people's beauty. So my suggestion to people pursuing "beauty": 1) Focus both on inner and outer beauty at the same time. 2) Enrich yourself as much as possible. 3) Address the mental and emotional insecurities that you have about yourself. 4) Find that peace within. Then you're on the road to the most beautiful version of you, both inside and out.
Hope we become all-beautiful!! Not just "half-beautiful".
(whew that took out a good part of my lunch break) haha
I found your post very beautiful.
This is what I once wrote in 'A Ribbon of Beauty' about an example of inner beauty.
"The man’s face changed expression immediately and a look of dismay swiftly ran across his features. He was suddenly reminded of loss. His heart picked up the scent, along with his nose, of the pervasive wholeness of Here, and it spoke to him. He looked around at those seated with him in the foul air. He thought of lunch, and thought again of many, right in his own country, that would never have a lunch, being just lucky enough to eat. He could taste the air’s metallic and egg-ish odour. He saw the table he sat at, he fingered the fabric of his napkin.
Lives had made these things. What of those lives? The self-questioning appalled him. Still, he saw a nobler self, satisfying to his ego, for having these thoughts, and didn’t question why he thought now that it was better to be a little more than he would normally have considered himself.
A door had opened in him. The possible becoming the probable awaited. He experienced introspection over the world around him. He thought of the food used as fuel for his car while being chauffeured to this party today. He wondered how many had died today from hunger.
Slowly, he put up his hands and, elbows propped on the table before him, put his face in his palms.
So then, Beauty did in fact reside in much more than its bizarre, abstract, visual, tactile, audible and other forms. It resided in the heart, in the way one feels things fitting together in a finite world, if any should pay attention. As well, it breathed in the knowledge most have of right and wrong, of true and false, that subliminal sense being an internal compass too often discredited. "