The Pursuit of Beauty

During my trip to Manhattan on an Express Bus one morning, I got a friend and enjoyed reading the March issue of Allure magazine. I began by reading the Letter from Editor Linda Wells and found this striking phrase, “the search for beauty”. Linda explained this phenomenon was very similar to the pursuit of American Dream. This is “the right to determine and improve ourselves that is essential, psychologically and physically … that transcends gender, class, race, age and sexual orientation.” I thought, “This is true!” What people today don’t want to be and feel beautiful? There is no doubt, that we as humans are very sensitive to our physical appearance and will do everything we can to get or maintain our personal beauty. Our insatiable need for all things “beauty” proves that we are all in full pursuit and so sorry.

According to dictionary.com, beauty is “the quality that is in something or someone who gives intense pleasure or gives deep satisfaction to the mind.” This emotional bond with pleasure explains why beauty plays a very important role in our lives. We cannot help ourselves in the presence of things or people who call our sensitivity. Physical beauty, although about tastes and opinions is also characterized by people’s views. In most cultures, the existence of symmetry or balance is a determinant of beauty because it shows the absence of “defects” or “defects”. Face balance, skin color, body shape and size, and youth are the standard of beauty. However, the characterization of beauty cannot be understood without also realizing that beauty has another side – beauty that is not so physical, but metaphysical (a more intangible element). We cannot immediately see or touch it, but its presence cannot be denied. With that, we cannot rule out psychological factors such as personality, intelligence, politeness, elegance, or charisma as a determining factor in recognizing beauty.

When I researched more about this beauty hobby, I found some very interesting findings. To my surprise, (ok maybe not so surprised) researchers have found that having physical attraction can be very influential in a person’s life. Someone who is considered beautiful is likely to get a higher grade, receive better care from their doctor, receive a lighter prison sentence and earn more money. As if we don’t have enough problems in the world today, we now know that uncontrolled factors such as God-given beauty or “shortcomings” are just another social obstacle to add to our list. Whether we admit it or not, and whether we do this consciously or unconsciously, this type of “lookism” has disturbed our society for years and can give a little light to the depth of shallowness in our world today.

This frightening truth certainly influences the way we see ourselves and others. The images we see on tv also determine what we think is beautiful and are the driving force towards this search for perfection. We spend thousands of dollars and insurmountable time shopping online or in malls, buying all kinds of beauty products, making nail, hair, facial and botox appointments, reading fashion magazines and recording what celebrities wear, do and use our favorite. to stay slim, stay young and yes, beautiful.

Don’t forget, that there was a time when all of us were amazed by beautiful models and celebrities, who perfectly walked on the red carpet and flanked the magazine covers easily, or at least that seems. We dream of being them and looking like them, thinking they were born perfectly like that. Thanks to our growing obsession with celebrity life, shameless and countless privacy invasions through TV reality, social networking, and insanity “tell me everything”, we now not only have information and knowledge, but also access to once “the secret “sometimes extreme, physical enhancers.

Make no mistake, “looking for beauty” does not have to mean a trip to a plastic surgeon, nor is it a commodity that is difficult to access only for the rich and famous. We can all be physically beautiful! The multibillion-dollar beauty industry has ensured that we meet every of our beauty needs by bombarding us with a large number of products and services that are directed at making us feel and look younger and prettier. The opportunities and resources available to us are not limited to this department. . We have products that make us look younger, products that make our skin smoother, products that make our stomachs flat, products that make our lips thicker, products that give us fuller hair, products that make our lashes longer and thicker, stylists, eyebrow threaders, makeup artists, fashion trends that change every season, jewelry like earrings, necklaces, tattoos, hats etc. we all use these things to enhance our beauty and personal attractiveness.

But in reality, our search for beauty is not just about exploiting our “sexual capital”. Not only the physical aspects of beauty that make us captivated. We are looking for a combination of visible and invisible – Physical (external) and psychological (mental) because they both flourish with each other. I like a lot of people, believe that true beauty comes from within. Inner beauty in my definition, is an undeniable and profound light that shines from you and into the world. It is your aura, your spirit, the stamp that you left after someone met you for the first time. My father likes to call the intangible spiritual side of our human nature an “inner man” or “woman”. Although this “deep beauty” may be easier for some people than others, this is the initial stage to fulfill this intrinsic desire for physical satisfaction or happiness.

If we can find psychologically the strength and confidence to see ourselves as beautiful no matter what, the world has no choice but to look at us like that. Whatever physical imperfection we think we have can disappear. Having internal beauty is the basis of beauty seeking. However, we know that with age, physical beauty disappears and there are many uncontrollable forces that can easily take or reduce our physical beauty, such as severe accidents or diseases, for example. Inner beauty comes from a deeper place. It flows from your heart and soul and functions as a free component for physical beauty.

So why does this urgency want to be beautiful? What is behind this pursuit? What moves us in the hunt for near perfection? The truth is, pursuing true beauty is the pursuit of happiness – they are one in the same thing. Even though Linda called this pursuit “American”, for me, it was more than that, it could not be denied by humans. Whether it’s physical or psychological enhancement for ourselves, we are all looking for this completeness. This is a call to be someone who is bigger and better than we have ever experienced. It’s about walking out the door every day feeling like sunshine, confident in every step you take. This is a goal, a standard to be established, once achieved, rewarded with lifelong beliefs, self-confidence, pride, grace, calmness and enthusiasm for life.

Therefore we cannot deny that we are in a new era, where beauty and acquisition are no longer a confusing and confusing phenomenon, but an expression of one’s pride and self-esteem. Beauty has now become a lifestyle, and we have learned that physical beauty cannot stand alone, we can only improve it. Only when there is full synergy between physical (outer beauty) and psychological (inner beauty) that works in balance with each other like yin and yang, can we safely say that we have achieved our goal in the search for beauty and beauty. finally happiness.

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