- Manipulate the language and you control the discourse.
- Controlling the discourse dictates the policy.
- Policy in place, objection is often futile.
I’m not trying to be overly dramatic, yet I tell you that “beautiful” is one of the more cantankerous words in the language.
First of all, it has no real definition.
It is not only “in the eye of the beholder,” it is enforced by the prejudice of the viewing mob. Somehow or another, people have decided through marketing what beautiful is, and we now accept it as the common understanding.
Looking at Facebook the other day, I saw some pictures of my granddaughters. The comments that people selected to place in responding to the pictures were universally shallow.
And of course, “beautiful.”
Moving down the page, I discovered the picture of a young man. The responding words in the comment section were “strong, manly and handsome.”
I am really not trying to be a nudge about this. Being a plain-looking man, I am not offended by those who are attractive, nor do I wish them to have more limited appreciation.
I just feel that the word “beautiful” needs to be used more often to describe a fulfilling experience which radiates joy in the human heart rather than the perfect construction of eye sockets, cheek bones and noses.
I have been around people who are comely. And yes–I was struck with their features. But within five minutes, when it became necessary for them to perform some function other than iridescence, I saw that many of them were so dependent on their countenance to carry them that they had failed to hook up their brain with their tongue.
They were lost.
Yes, in a blind audition, they would be rendered dumb.
So under my granddaughters’ pictures on Facebook, I wrote, “Let’s get off the ‘pretty’ thing and realize that these are intelligent, intuitive and talented people.”
I was scoffed.
After all, these “complimenters” were just trying to be nice.
How could “beautiful” be considered anything but positive?
Even though it succeeds in leaving out most of the rest of us.
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