Beauty is the quality of being attractive and pleasing. Just like my mother is who is an Arabic teacher. With black hair, she wears Hejab. She has white skin, black eyes, small feet, and is tall. At that, I think that the value of beauty much depends on us. Everyone understands beauty in his/her own way. Most value appearance and physical beauty, while few value inner beauty in people and places around us. So, what is beauty and being beautiful in all senses?
The notion of ‘beauty’ is among complex philosophical issues. Meanwhile, beauty refers to every one of us. All people are beautiful in some sense; however, few of us are ready to recognize this. Today’s world is about physical beauty. We like other people’s appearances and physical beauty. Especially, we like role models. We also like physical beauty of the places we live in. However, few of us can feel the inside beauty in other people.
Appearances reflect beauty. Glamour appearances that are very attractive often hide dirty thoughts and intentions. Many people convince us in something with sweet words and soft gestures, but their true intentions are not beautiful. With experience, we learn how to recognize false beauty. In other words, someone may come as ‘ugly duckling’ to us by appearance to us, though he/she might hold beautiful senses and values inside.
Many also hold that a beautiful person is beautiful in everything. This is true while a person’s beauty is in thoughts, words and actions. Describing someone as beautiful, we do not talk only about physical beauty or someone’s appearance, but we also talk about the words and actions of that person. For me, a beautiful person is the one who contributes to the world. Such person should not be beautiful by appearance, but he should do much to make the world a better place. I would say that it is not easy to be beautiful in all senses. People who are beautiful to me are those who help others, for example Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jenifer Lopez and many others. These people change the world around us and make the lives of many people better. Angelina Jolly, for example, is both beautiful as a woman and movie star because she takes great care of children around the world. This means that beauty is a wider concept that someone’s appearance.
According to Friedrich Nietzsche, “the will to power is the will to beauty” (Solomon and Higgins, 1999). I understand this argument in the way that the more beautiful things we do to ourselves and others, the more powerful and happier we become. Artists and creative people are beautiful people as well. This is because they change the world with their creativity and artwork that touch and change us from inside. Thanks to them, the world becomes more beautiful in our eyes and better place to live. For that, we should visit museums, workshops, theatres and art expositions. Poetry and prose are also very beautiful to me. Reading, for example, invites me to the beauty of other people’s stories.
Mother Nature is the most beautiful things of all as it makes everything around us perfect. The sounds of birds, whispers of flowers, sunrises and sunsets, blows of winds on summits, picturesque views, flow of rivers, and wonders of wild nature are all beautiful to our senses. Unfortunately, few of us value these gifts that make us and our lives more beautiful.
One would say that life is beautiful indeed. At that much depends on us and our inner beauty. In the introduction, I talked about how beautiful my mother is. However, the concept of beauty is far more complex meaning that my mother is not only beautiful by appearance but also from inside. She is kind and sympathetic woman ready to sacrifice herself to serve others. Her beauty is in her willingness to help other people even if she suffers. While she is a beautiful teacher, I know she would become a beautiful doctor and all patients would love her inner beauty and kindness.
I used the portrait of my mother to show that physical beauty should always harmonize with inner beauty. This is to say, physical appearance is not enough to say that a person is beautiful. Our words and actions are the ones that make us beautiful in the eyes of other people. Obviously, the beauty also consists in becoming harmonious with nature and people around us. Just like my beautiful mother in all senses, I would like other people become beautiful and better in this world. Let’s do good to others and show them that they can also be beautiful by doing good things to us. Let’s enjoy the wonders of art and gifts of the Mother Nature and open inner beauty in us. Let’s become better beings to make this world a better place to live in with less troubles and worries!
- Solomon, Robert C, and Kathleen M. Higgins. Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Chantilly, VA: Teaching Co, 1999. Print.