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 I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”? Well, it’s not. Beauty is actually engrained in our brains according to the media and cultural standards. I know we all want to believe that people are not as shallow and superficial as many portray them to be upon first introduction; but we need to open our eyes and see the truth for what it is.

People judge each other on account of appearance and what’s on the outside before they even attempt to understand what is within. Yes, external beauty is only skin deep and fades with time (even though many think they’re Benjamin Button and try to reverse the process through plastic surgery).

Let’s just face it, we age and we can’t help it. But I stray. So, yes we try to believe that people should judge based on what’s inside the heart and mind of every human being but then again we’re only human and we fall “victim” to externally judging the world on a daily basis, even when we don’t realize it.

Now if you don’t believe me, which I wouldn’t believe me either without concrete proof, let me entertain you with ‘real life’ example that has happened to almost all of us.

First instance, someone rams into you on the side of the road as your walking and snickers as they pass by. What’s the first thought that pops into your head? I can almost guarantee it won’t be, “oh, what a kind heart and such a sweet person”.

Now you’re right, everyone is not so cruel and we do have kind people living on this Earth like Ghandi or Mother Teresa. But consider this little tidbit; the majority of women in a society shape their “beauty” in order to appeal to the male gender. 

If you don’t agree, consider this fact. In many industrialized nations where there is an abundance of food, the ideal woman is portrayed as stick thin; whereas, in countries where food is scarce, the ideal woman is very plump and voluptuous. 

Women strive to appeal to these “ideal” figures in order to attract mates and distinguish themselves from the others. Overall, these are this is just the superficial skeleton of beauty, but it does exist. That does not mean we have to conform to this superficial guide either you choose which path you want to follow. 

Do you agree? What is your perception of beauty?

About the author


Brooklyn-based Margaret Skowronska is a St. Francis College Communications and Business graduate with an intense curiosity that fuels her drive. She strongly follows the inspirational words of Norman V. Peale, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

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