Humans and Beauty
“We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting” – Kahlil Gibran
“The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere – in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion, and in ourselves. No one would desire not to be beautiful. When we experience the beautiful, there is a sense of homecoming” – John O’Donohue.
Since my teenage years, when I look at myself in the mirror, I see pimples, and it did not look beautiful on my face, but rather it made my face dirty and ugly, which I did not like. Later in my late 20s, I moved to Canada from Nepal with my family. At this time too, I had acne and pigmentation on my face which drove me to study Esthetician at Seneca College. I still get acne whenever I eat the wrong food, put the wrong products on my face, and sometimes because of the hormones in my body. Now, the question is why do I even care about these little bumps, and pimples on my face?. Healthwise it is not harmful, I just want, like everyone else, a beautiful face without any flaw. However, it gave me a lot of worries, stress, reduced my confidence level, and used up a lot of my time thinking about working to make it better and expecting a beautiful flawless face. There are millions of people like me who wants a beautiful flawless face. They do not want to age, they do not want any wrinkles, age spots, scars and of course no pimples. I believe I speak for all humans when I say that we all love beauty on our face. Who wants an ugly face? Nobody. It raises a very important question: why do we care about beauty?, why do we all want a beautiful face? What is the mystery about beauty with humans?
God and Beauty
Now, let’s talk about God and religions, what they think about beauty. I will have to apologize in advance as I do not know much about other religions, so I better not talk about it as much as I want to just so I do not misinterpret. I was exposed to hinduism ever since I was a child but I knew nothing about the importance of beauty until I watched a Youtube video about the story of Sudhama and Krishna. In that video, Goddess Laxmi was giving the blessing of “eternal beauty” to the wife of Sudhama. Goddess Laxmi said, everything in this world from a flower to a bird to animal, from an atom to the stars, tries to look and be beautiful. She wondered, why the most intelligent creature in the world, the human, can not understand this simple thing. She said beauty, attraction, and love are the three foundations to rule this world. Among these three, beauty comes first. When I heard this, I was in one of those “aha!” moments. If I was not in this beauty profession, maybe I wouldn’t have cared if she said that. Now that this is my profession and I have to promote it for the better life of people, a new question came to mind; how does beauty run this world? Somebody might say that maybe I shouldn’t care that much, but in the hindu religion,she is the Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of money and prosperity, she can not lie. If God and Goddess start to lie then shame on that religion. Religion and science provides the foundation of human belief system. In Christianity, we can see they incorporate truth, God, and beauty together. In hindu religion, they have Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram which means Truth, God, Beauty. It seems like beauty, truth and God are related to each other. It raises another important question: what is the mystery about beauty, God and truth, and how they relate?
Science, Nature and Beauty
What does science, especially the physics of this world itself says about beauty? Let’s find out. Frank Wilczek, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, confirms in his book,”A Beautiful Question, Finding Nature’s Deep Design” yes, this nature embodies the beauty and the beautiful ideas. In other words, this physical world is operated or run by beauty and beautiful ideas. Thank you Frank Wilczek for writing this book, I loved it, even though I do not have any scientific background, I am a human of the same world, this is my world as well. He goes, the universe embodies beautiful forms whose hallmarks are symmetry, balance proportion, and economy. There are other meanings of “beauty” but this is the deep logic of the universe, and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring. He goes, the equations for atoms and light are almost literally the same equations that govern musical instruments and sounds; the subatomic particles that are responsible for most of our mass are determined by simple geometric symmetries. Remember the word symmetry which has a lot to do with the beauty and beautiful ideas. Frank Wilczek is a physicist and so he is looking at this nature and this world and trying to connect it with beauty. In fact, I was surprised to find out that these physicists do care a lot about beauty in their equations. For example, if they write an equation, and if it looks unpleasing, they sense like there is something wrong in that equation because it is not beautiful. They love Einstein’s equation of General Relativity because it is beautiful and it is true. It raises another very important question: what is the mystery about beauty in science, and nature?
Core Value of Everything is Beauty
We can generalize that one of the core values of everything is Beauty. When we promote beauty, we align ourselves with the core value of everything. When we promote beauty, it is very important to have “beautiful thoughts” as well. Since beauty is a core value, surface level beauty does not work. At core level of our thoughts, there should be beauty as well so that we can all be beautiful and be happy.
Remember “there are no ugly women, only lazy ones” – Helena Rubinstein.
And this applies to men too.