Beauty is what gives pleasure to the eye and gives satisfaction to the person looking at it. Throughout the centuries, many creations and inventions were inspired by beauty. One of the major features God created in humans is the appreciation of beauty. Many people are willing to stand for hours just looking and admiring a beautiful thing. It could be a natural scene, or a beautiful painting or a statue. Moreover, most people are willing to pay lots of money to go see a beautiful thing to enjoy it, like going to expensive beaches to enjoy looking at the sea and the sun, or going to the opera or a concert to listen to a beautiful voice. According to wikipedia.com, beauty is a characteristic in something or someone that gives happiness and satisfaction to the person looking at it, either from its physical or inner quality.
Although, the fact that many people believe that there are no standards of beauty, religion and morals focus on stating the goodness and divinity of natural beauty as a feature of spirituality and purity (wikipedia.com). Beauty can take many forms, some of them visible and others hidden. Beauty does not have to be in something; it can be someone. For centuries a person is considered beautiful if they combine inner beauty with outer beauty (wikipedia.com). Most people knew that it is hard to combine inner and external beauty in the past. This well-known standard of human beauty is taken as evidence that this person is beautiful from the inside out (wikipedia.com). This beauty is a kind of perfection that many people are trying to reach. Inner beauty is a person who is not visible but is much better (wikipedia.com).
Many people say that it is a real beauty. As inner beauty is unseen, it can be measured by smiles, happiness, satisfaction, being positive, and controlling anger (Vinnie). Some people say that inner beauty is more important than external beauty. On the other hand, their opponents say that the external look always shows the content of the personality. Although the fact that looks are deceiving. A well-known assumption in our society is that good-looking people are beautiful from the inside. According to wikipedia.com, people know that beautiful things are always good and that good looks indicate inner beauty. This assumption comes from the great belief that if someone is beautiful from the outside, this means that they are healthy and has balanced emotions from the inside. According to the Image Educator, everyone should be like a mirror, which should reflect the person’s soul and inner beauty so that it would prevail over the external one for all kinds of people.
In my questionnaire analysis, sixty percent think that our society supports external beauty more than the inner one. However, ninety percent of the people who answered my questionnaire do not think external beauty indicates inner beauty. This proves that we all know that inner beauty is better than external beauty, but we are all just afraid to admit it. Focusing on the physical appearance is like valuing the gift’s wrapping than the gift itself (Kittles). We all know that external beauty can be destroyed in many ways, but inner beauty is not affected; on the other hand, it may grow (Ferns). This is caused by many things though out the years. It started since we were children when our parents used to read us fairy tales. The good characters of the story had to be the beautiful ones, and the ugly one is the bad person without even getting to know them. Society makes children appreciate the good looks through the fairy tales (Jenny), and sixty percent of the people in my questionnaire analysis agree with Jenny.
External beauty does not always indicate inner beauty because many people have external beauty and are hollow from the inside, and vice versa. These days, many people focus on their external beauty. Most women in the world want to be beautiful from the outside, and it does not matter how they are from the inside. According to Kittles, only two percent of the population meets the standards of a beautiful woman, which makes ninety-eight percent of the population, who are less beautiful, unconfident about the way they look and focus on their outer looks only. This makes the beautiful women more confident with their looks, which turns to arrogance. She may even hurt the people around her without even meaning to do so. Therefore, most beautiful women lack inner beauty; the over appreciation of the people around them will make them willing to do anything to be beautiful.
Not many people understand that when a person focuses on their physical and emotional inner health, this makes them a better person from the inside out (Kittles). We all need to understand that if we are not healthy from the inside, this will appear on us. Most people do not know that being healthy from the inside gives the person a healthy look like a red face, good skin, and so much more. Not only does inner physical health affects your external one, but your emotional health does too. It will appear on your face; if you just fought with someone, people will note it. If you take good care of your inner beauty, you will not have a pale face or be nervous both everything. You will be just healthily happy.
No one is perfect; either you will have inner beauty or external beauty. You can not be perfect in both because one affects the other. Although the fact that, good looks are important for every woman, it is better to focus on the inner beauty to enhance it because it brings up the outer beauty (Reman). This means if you focus on being kinder or friendlier, this will make you more beautiful from the outside because your inner beauty will point out your external one. Moreover, now people became copies of each other in the way they look, and if someone is different, they will consider them lacking external beauty, just because they are different. People should know that every person is different from the other, and each one should have a strong inner beauty so that he will not hurt the people around him (Image Educator). The media is doing now that it has turned all the people into a copy of the models in their commercials. Every person is different in a way that makes them beautifully unique, and a good personality is a beauty that never fades (Reman).
No one should be a copy of another person. This means that they will lose their identity, mind and personality. Over time, we will habitual that all the people are beautiful; this will let us see the person behind those good looks. If this person has no inner beauty, in the first place, they will lose everything from the love of the people around them to the fame and money they made, if their career was modelling, for example. The famous quote is that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” It was described by Melendez saying that beauty depends on the person looking at it and how they relate to it. In my questionnaire, ninety percent agree that this statement is true. Everyone sees beauty from their own point of view. Maybe you will think that something is wonderful, and another person may think it is not lovely. Every person has their own different taste because God created us differently with different levels of appreciation of beauty. Another thing can affect the person’s point of view about something, whether it is beautiful or not.
It is love, love most of the time gets over the external look and focuses on the inner one even if it was not that much. If, for example, someone you love draws a painting that was not that good, you will see it perfect if you really love that person. This explains the quote, “Love is blind.” The opponents of this idea say that success does not only depend on the person’s skills; most of the time, it depends on good looks in many fields of life (Lee). Most people think that good looks give the person the priority in having many things. Especially in job interviews, most people say that good-looking people always get what they want; better jobs, promotions and many other things. Moreover, some people say that they have better social lives. Since they say that good-looking people get the best jobs, this gives them a better social life, making them have better marriages and more successful lives in all fields.
Although all that they say is true, standards of beauty throughout the years have inspired people, but it also led to plastic surgery and eating disorder (wikipedia.com). This makes people turn to plastic surgeries and make more people have eating disorders. Good looks give the person many opportunities in life, but when it is over, what is inside stays; if it is not good, all these opportunities are gone (Melendez). The emphasis of society on physical beauty makes people turn to plastic surgery. Today’s scary increase in the number of plastic surgeries in society is all because women and sometimes men thought that they would have been happier if they were better looking, thinking that plastic surgery can do that with all the side effects of the procedures and its results are not sure. We hear today about anorexia and bulimia; they are eating disorder diseases that people do not get enough food to the point of starvation because their body controls them and convinces them that if they eat, they will be fat and that society will be society will not accept them.
Today we hear that many rich people in rich countries are diagnosed with this disease. This disease is caused by the great need of, most probably teenagers, to be skinny like the models and stars that they see on television commercials. If this obsession with beauty does not stop, more cases of anorexia will rise, and people will do more plastic surgeries. Finally, in conclusion, I am not saying that people should neglect how they look from the outside. What I am saying is that people should take good care of their inner beauty as much as they care about their external one, and no one should turn to unnatural ways to look better because it is full of side effects. “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”(Gibran). If you are not beautiful from the inside, after a while, the people will know, and you will lose everything.
According to challenging Beauty.com, a statistic in the USA have shown that eighty-one percent of the women think that every woman is beautiful in her own way, and fifty-nine percent think that beauty changes from one situation to another and seventy-five percent think that beauty comes from the spirit and love for life not looks. Happiness should be what all people looking for; most people are looking for happiness in the wrong places. Happiness comes from focusing on the inner beauty rather than the physical one, although good looks make life easier (Jenny). Sixty percent of the people who answered my questionnaire think that if they were more beautiful, they would have been happier. If every person had more confidence about the way they look and accept what God gave them, they would be happier with their life.
- “Beauty.” Wikipedia. 2 Apr. 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty>. This site talks about beauty in general and human beauty.
- “Challenging Beauty.” Campaign for Real Beauty. 2 Apr. 2007 <http://www.campaignforrealbeauty.com/uploadedfiles/challenging_beauty.pdf>. This site talks about statistics in the U.S.A. about women’s beliefs about beauty and inner beauty.
- Ferns, Julie. “Do Looks Matter?” Chesapeake presbytery. 13 May 2006, 23 Apr. 2007 <http//www.chesapeakerpresbytery.org/>. This site talks about how inner beauty lasts, and the external one fades.
- “Inner Beauty.” Image Educators. 2 Apr. 2007 <http://www.imageeducators.com/inner_beauty.htm>. This site says that each one has his own kind of beauty, and their looks should reflect it.
- “Inner Beauty.” Wikipedia. 23 Apr. 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_beauty>. This site talks about the definition of inner beauty.
- Ji, EunSuk. “Inner Beauty is the Real Beauty.” Topics magazine. 2 Apr. 2007 <http://www.topics-mag.com/edition16/looks_jenny.htm>. This site talks about the origin of happiness and how fairy tales push women to plastic surgery.
- Kittles, Karinna. “Beauty Redefined.” Inner Self. 2 Apr. 2007 <http://www.innerself.com/lifestyle_changes/beauty_redefined.htm>. This site says that focusing on the physical appearance is like admiring the raping of a gift rather than the gift itself and that only 2% of the women consider themselves beautiful, and the author says that they should focus on their inner emotional and physical beauty.
- Lee, Jin. “How Important are Good Looks?” Business Magazine. 24 Jan. 2007, 23 Apr. 2007. This article talks about how the author realized that looks are more appreciated by the people around him.
- Melendez, Williams. “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.” Topics magazine. 2 Apr 2007 <http://www.topic-mag.com/edition16/looks_williams.htm>. The author says that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that love is blind, and that good looks give people many opportunities.
- Reman, Hifzur. “Take care of your Inner Beauty.” Beauty Tips Online. 23 Apr. 2007 <http://www.beautytipsonline.com/articles/inner_beauty.htm>. This site stats that good looks are important for every woman, but the inner beauty points out the external one.
- Vinnie. “What is Real Beauty?” Article DashBoard. 2 Apr. 2007 <http://www.articledashboard.com>. This site talks about how to measure inner beauty.
- “Beauty.” Wikipedia. 2 Apr. 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty>.
- “Challenging Beauty.” Campaign for Real Beauty. 2 Apr. 2007 <http://www.campaignforrealbeauty.com/uploadedfiles/challenging_beauty.pdf>.
- Ferns, Julie. “Do Looks Matter?” Chesapeake presbytery. 13 May 2006, 23 Apr. 2007 <http//www.chesapeakerpresbytery.org/>.
- Gibran, Khalil. “Beauty Quotes.” Quotes.net. 23 Feb. 2007 <http://www.quotes.net>.
- “Inner Beauty.” Image Educators. 2 Apr. 2007 <http://www.imageeducators.com/inner_beauty.htm>.
- “Inner Beauty.” Wikipedia. 23 Apr. 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_beauty>.
- Ji, EunSuk. “Inner Beauty is the Real Beauty.” Topics magazine. 2 Apr. 2007 <http://www.topics-mag.com/edition16/looks_jenny.htm>.
- Kittles, Karinna. “Beauty Redefined.” Inner Self. 2 Apr. 2007 <http://www.innerself.com/lifestyle_changes/beauty_redefined.htm>.
- Lee, Jin. “How Important are Good Looks?” Business Magazine. 24 Jan. 2007, 23 Apr. 2007.
- Melendez, Williams. “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.” Topics magazine. 2 Apr 2007 <http://www.topic-mag.com/edition16/looks_williams.htm>.
- Reman, Hifzur. “Take care of your Inner Beauty.” Beauty Tips Online. 23 Apr. 2007 <http://www.beautytipsonline.com/articles/inner_beauty.htm>.
- Vinnie. “What is Real Beauty?” Article DashBoard. 2 Apr. 2007 <http://www.articledashboard.com>.