Is Beauty Skin Deep? - By: CD Mohatta

When I was small, the most beautiful woman in the world was my mother. It didn't matter to me even if I saw woman around me who was taller, slimmer and younger than my mother. To me, she wasn't half as beautiful as my mother. Probably it was because I loved her more than anybody else. So to me, she was more beautiful than anyone else. As we grow up, however the meaning of beauty is twisted and turned. The term 'beautiful' is restricted only to physical beauty, although the word beautiful doesn't even mention anything about physical beauty.

Studies have revealed that most of us tend to find those, who have features resembling the people we like, most attractive. For example, not many will find a person who looks shrewd and mean, beautiful. However a pleasant, warm and innocent face is considered very attractive by most people. Does this mean that the person who looks shrewd is the meanest person ever, while the warm looking one is a saint? Obviously, it doesn't. Yet, knowingly or unknowingly, we categorize them. Often while choosing a life partner too, people tend to make such mistakes. When they see a pretty face, they automatically assume them to be nice. It is like going to the market and purchasing an apple. You purchase the apple that has the reddest, plumiest and shiniest layer. You bite into it and find a worm inside. It is said, don't judge a book by its cover. In the same way, judging a person on the basis of their looks maybe a huge mistake. Physical beauty might not last forever, but in time it is the beauty and purity of the heart that stays. Physical beauty can give a person only temporary satisfaction. But in time, it is a clean and beautiful heart that will be able to keep you happy forever. Beauty is not just physical, it goes deeper than the skin. It is of the heart; most of all, it is of the soul.

So the next time you see a person, try to get to know them instead of just drawing conclusions about them by the way they look. After all, physical beauty can be spotted easily, but it takes lots of effort to spot the beauty that lies within. After all, "What you don't see is hidden under the skin and it may be more important than physical beauty"- Thomas Overbury.

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