What is beautiful?

My mother took an orange out from the refrigerator.  It was not round like the other oranges.  The orange’s unusual shape automatically appalled me.  To my surprise, beneath the skin, the content was like or even better than the content of the other round oranges.  My point is not to give every atypical-looking fruit a chance.  Most of the time a fruit’s odd color or shape is a good indication of internal spoilage.

Now relating this back to humans.  Supported by science and mathematics, symmetry is beautiful.  I highly doubt anyone can find a human being who is naturally symmetric.  It’s futile to keep on comparing humans with the beauty standard set up by science and mathematics.  Yes, straying from symmetry may be an indication that a person possesses internal biological defect(s), and yes, straying from symmetry means that a person is less numerically even, but like that unusual shaped orange, does a person’s external appearance always match his or her personality or internal content?

Science and mathematics diminish the artistry by being so technical.  Beauty is not limited to one perspective.  If I were to look at the same unusual shaped orange again and recognize it as being unique rather than peculiar, then I would be drawn rather than appalled by that orange’s external appearance.

By being not so narrow-minded, we can see the people and things that surround us as they really are: unique or special.  To me, the diversity of life is beautiful.  Unless that thing or person is negative in any other way, there is no reason to use the word ugly.

If any of you readers have any school-related or life-related questions, please let me know!

Until next time, make good choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

Catherine D.


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