Thursday, January 22, 2009

Beauty


We've all heard the saying that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," but is it really? According to mathematicians, ancient Greeks, Leonardo Da Vinci, and now plastic surgeons, it is not. In fact, beauty is a number or a proportional measurement to be exact, and it looks like this 1.61803399. Apparently, this number more commonly known as the "Golden Ration" occurs repeatedly in the proportional measurements of things found in nature. It was Leonardo Da Vinci, however, that supposedly believed that it could be applied to humans as well. Plastic surgeons along with others have since created what is known as the "Mask of the Golden Ratio." This mask can be used to determine in what areas a patient (or project, you be the judge) can use some fine tuning in order to make them more aesthetically pleasing to the rest of us. This mask surprisingly enough lines up perfectly to the faces of many admired models and actors of our day. The Bible however, is bold in its declaration that beauty is something induced by God, not ratios or proportions. Psalm 149:4 says, "For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation." Today's women can't compete with the artificial, airbrushed, photo-shopped, digitally- enhanced models plastered everywhere and neither can men. But that's just how the anti-ugliness people want it. It is in their best interest for us to focus our energies on meeting their unattainable standard, whether they be proportional or ideological. We are being sold 5ft. ladders to scale 1o ft. walls, and when the ladders don't work they can always sell us another one. But how liberating is it to know that beauty is a result of salvation and not of proportions. Being aesthetically pleasing has nothing to do with being blessed and favored of God. Let me stop here for a moment... in case your wondering, this is not a plug or rant written on the behalf and for the defense of ugly people everywhere. I am just so bothered at the amount of menacing voices that are making people feel insecure about themselves. If time has taught me anything, it's that the people who get by on their looks rarely tend to get by emotionally. For the sake of clarity, let me say this; I am not mistaking causes and effects here. Being pretty does not equal emotional instability, but being dependant on things that have NO intrinsic value does. The pursuit of beauty is destroying  and in many cases  even killing people (literally). It is lamentable to see the brutal and painful results that surround the pursuit of beauty. Not only do we see how models and actors are being affected, but were also seeing how those that admire them are being affected as well. The unthinkable has become normal, as adults, young people, and even children are ready to die with Narcissus, admiring his image just as much as he does. Let us take heed to the Bible's protective admonishment, when it simply states, "Little children keep yourselves from idols, amen."

AP

1 comment:

Carol Connell said...

Revlon, Max Factor and Maybelline can never make a heart beautiful on the inside. There is nothing like the beauty that God can make out of a life that is surrendered to Him. Great post!

Blessings,
Sis. Connell