Beauty and Beast
I can not write of beauty without thought of the classic fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast" originally published in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Through many retellings of the tale the bottom line of the plot is not to be forgotten--Beauty is the Beast. Or, is Beast the Beauty?
If I think beyond the depth of skin I can see that beauty and beast are the same. Rather, they are interchangeable. I can see clearly now that beauty is found within the ugliest of things while ugliness is found in some of the most beautiful of things.
When eyes first see Beast, the view seems not as a thing of beauty. Upon an up close and personal viewing over time and circumstance, the eyes see the inner beauty of the beast. Conversely, it is possible for us to view an object or person as a thing of beauty while time presents us with the not-so-pretty truth, showing itself rather beastly.
I fondly recall the first time I heard the words, "You are beautiful." Yet I wonder why it took so long to hear those words (50 years!) as another's view of me. Had I truly been the Beast up until that time? Perhaps, perhaps not.
As I think about beauty now, I am glad that I am one of those whose perception of beauty is that it is found peeking out of everywhere, often out of the darkest corners of a person, place, or thing. Beauty is a many splendored being.
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