Saturday, January 12, 2013

Beauty is NEVER in the Eyes of the Beholder

I've been having fine arts class and I just love how my teacher explained about Plato's thoughts on the topic: Beauty. She told us that Plato, one of those guys from the Renaissance period (or the "classics" HEHE), questioned true beauty. Plato stated something like:
"True beauty is beyond human perception."
How is everything around us beautiful if it's subject to change?
How is it beautiful when it decays in the end?

My teacher went on, concluding that "True beauty is ETERNAL." What we have or invented here on earth is artificial beauty. Everything is just an imitation of real beauty which is perfection (something that we can't find here on earth).

So what then is true beauty?

Imagine a painter who just finished his artwork. I could picture the smile on his face as he is satisfied with his work and sees it as beautiful. Others wouldn't probably agree that they find it beautiful. They would just see it as plain normal artwork. They say "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder", but the truth is, it's not. That is what we call taste. On the other hand, creates something, it is undeniably beautiful.

Since God is eternal and created the things of this world, then we know that everything He created here is BEAUTIFUL. It's just man distorting the meaning or image of beauty.

Whenever we feel like we need to go with the flow or we feel insecure with our identity, we should always remember that God created us, therefore we are beautiful. Our worth is not based on what people say about us, but what God says about us. And He says we are, of course, fearfully and wonderfully made. God created each and every one of us as unique individuals.

Always remember:
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."  - Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

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