Beauty Lies In The Eyes Of The Beholder (IDIOMS AND PROVERBS)
Indeed, there was a time when beauty truly lay in the eyes of the beholder. A time when men were open to judgment and did judge each other honestly.
Beauty was nonpartisan, always truthful, unbiased, respected and built on common values. When someone commented that something was beautiful, we trusted his judgment because it was untainted.
The rationale, metrics and principles on which each issue was judged is known to all. We might not all agree with each other’s definition, but we all knew it was from a good place. A place of love rather than hate, a place of admiration rather than jealousy, a place of respect and not of envy.
Putting aside individual preferences, we picked on common grounds and declared that as the standard for beauty. Clan by clan, community by community, ethnicity and tribes as a whole, we all knew what beauty was, admired it and respected it.
All these years later, inventions, advancement and modernization have played their part. A small step for one man, a giant leap for mankind; the moon was conquered. Knowledge has grown in leaps and bounds, we have invented, concluded there was nothing left to invent, then invented even some more. In the midst of all these, beauty was no longer beautiful.
How did we get here? How did we allow jealousy, anger, hatred and pride to skew our judgment this much?
Suddenly, we are personalizing the truth. Everybody knows what the truth is, but we still have a separate version of “my truth”.
Double standard has become the norm, what is illegal for the goose is now great for the gander. How did we get here?
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, so what everyone else agrees to be the best, because I don’t like its maker, I’ll make it second or third best. My opinion is slanted, my views are biased. I look at everyone with rose-tinted glasses, but when I sight you, I switch them to foggy dark shades.
Clear your sight first. Jude objectively. Never compromise the truth. After you have treated everyone right, don’t expect everyone to treat you right.
Some do not know better, if you can, try to teach them. To those who know better but have chosen to do worse, just be satisfied in the knowledge that Beauty doesn’t always lie in the eyes of the beholder.