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Is Everyone Really Beautiful?

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The other day, my friend shared an article on Facebook with a headline that definitely caught my eye.

Well, that's pretty different from what you usually here, especially with the rising of popularity with sites like Upworthy and Buzzfeed.

The author talked about how frequently we see blogs and inspirational quotes about how everyone is beautiful, usually meant to raise your self-esteem. I know I hear it a lot, and it really is nice for anyone with insecurities to hear that they're beautiful, regardless of what they look like. 

But apparently, this is harming us more than we realize.

What the author noted is simply this:

Everyone is not beautiful.

We all have physical imperfections. Some people have more than others, including issues with tumors, horrible acne, missing limbs, etc. There are a lot of people in the world who just aren't appealing to the eye, but for some reason, "beautiful" is the only positive word we can find to call them.

"Nobody says, "Everybody is a good listener." Nobody says, "Everyone is athletic to somebody." Nobody says, "You are an amazing writer, whether you know it or not."" 

Honestly, this point kind of baffled me. It totally makes sense, but I've never even considered thinking about it like that. But it's true. Why is it that being beautiful is the trait that everyone automatically has access to?

As the writer pointed out, we've been conditioned to believe that beauty has more value than any other trait we have. Your looks influence everything about your life - finding a significant other, getting a job, etc. That doesn't sound like a positive thing to me.

Society really does thrive off of beauty. We see it in television, movies, advertisements. We're constantly being made to believe that our physical appearance is the most important thing we have to offer. 

You know, nobody means anything bad when they say everyone is beautiful. And we all understand that. But as the author said in the article, "Not everyone can be beautiful, just like not everyone can climb Everest or play saxophone or become a millionaire."

Rather than saying everyone is beautiful, why not tell them how important they are, or how valuable they are, or that they are worth loving? That sounds a lot more positive, especially in a world full of negativity surrounding the word "beautiful." There's more to us than what meets the eye.


*All credit for the idea goes to the author who wrote the article, linked at the beginning of this post*

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  1. I really like this, since becoming a mother the pressure to be a yummy mummy is just too much! its like your expected to always look good since becoming a new mum, when in reality that's not always the case.

    Great post