Everyone is beautiful.
No. I do not agree with this. Now, before you go off at me for being a bitch, just listen. Hear me out. Today’s society frustrates me to no end. Basic human instinct says that the males should be competing for the best mate, and yet, look at all the beauty magazines out there. "Make your skin flawless with *insert new foundation/concealer/BB cream/tinted moisturiser*” “I LOST 6 KILOS IN 2 WEEKS! Read my story inside!” “How to get that perfect bikini body!” etc. etc. etc. It is clear that the media is conditioning us to feel like we have to be perfect, objectifying us so that men pick the “shiniest toy” (you get what i mean). No. This is wrong. I HATE that this is what women and girls are bombarded with day after day. I HATE the fact that the majority of females cannot leave the house without makeup on because they don’t feel beautiful without it. I HATE that society has conditioned us to pin a person’s value on what their face and body look like.
Now, first thing’s first. I can completely respect the people out there who do wear make up. Some of you, in my opinion, wear more than what’s necessary, but that’s okay. That’s not what pisses me off. It’s the fact that you were made to feel like you had to wear that amount of makeup, or any at all, to feel beautiful, to fit in with this society. That’s what gets me angry. Even the name makeup irritates me. It’s suggesting “Oh hey, you’re not that great looking, so here are some products that will make up for the beauty you don’t have!” Seriously? This is what’s wrong with the world!
Everyone has heard the saying, “Everyone is beautiful”. It seems impossible to not come across it nowadays. Truth is, that’s just something that “ugly” girls say. And when i say ugly, i mean society’s definition of ugly. Not attractive. You see, here’s the thing. There are people out there who are not as attractive as others. But this is okay. This is natural. I find it horrendous that these women are made to feel like outcasts, like they are inferior because they are not blessed with natural “beauty”. Value is not determined by your face. It’s determined by who you are and what you do in life. Your value is not based on the size of the gap between your thighs. It’s based on what you do for others and this world. Your value is not based on the flawlessness of your skin, it’s based on what you can offer to those who need it.
Beauty is not a measurement of value. Value is who you are, not what you are.
take a moment to appreciate something, whether it be a view, a flower blooming, clouds dancing across the sky, the laborious march of ants or a bird cutting through the air. life is beautiful, and it’s everywhere :)
i told one of my mates that i was going to be a buddhist. he went one better than just saying “cool” (like my dad did). he actually asked about it and was really curious. i was happy to tell him all about it and answer any questions he had. it was nice to actually discuss it with someone :)
wouldn’t life be easier if everybody was a lot more open minded and accepting? no more arguments, no fighting, everybody would just get along :)
The thought came to me today. I have been Christian all my life, why change now? The thing is, I’ve dismissed half of what makes up Christianity. I don’t believe in God. I don’t believe in the First Testament of the Bible. What I did/do believe in was what Jesus taught. The power of love. Imagine what the world could be like, without discrimination, without bias, without fights, without wars…the list goes on. Today’s society has conditioned the public to think of romantic, even sexual love when someone says “I love you”. We need to remember there are many forms of love, and they can be as little as smiling at a stranger in the street, giving up your seat on the bus/train/tram, or walking your neighbour’s dog. So why do i want to be a Buddhist? I seem to be confident enough to express my belief of some parts of Christianity and my disbelief of others, why not stick with that? Well, the truth is, I still am, in a way. Buddhism, although recognised as a religion, is more of a way of life. Buddha was a teacher, rather than a god, and he encouraged his followers to test his teachings, to prove them to themselves, rather than setting out rules for them to follow. No wars have been fought in the name of Buddhism, as it goes against everything that Buddha taught. Being a Buddhist means being on the road to the lifelong goal of achieving nirvana, a profound peace of mind, a state of being free from suffering. To achieve nirvana, one must be kind, gentle, open minded, and let go of desire, ignorance, hate and anger. Buddha taught many things, but they can be summed up by the Four Noble Truths:
1. Life is suffering. Suffering is inevitable and unavoidable in life.
2. Suffering is caused by our actions. When we expect things to happen, when we want things we don’t need, when we fantasise about what was and what could be, and these thoughts get let down, that’s what causes suffering.
3. Suffering can be overcome and nirvana attained. By maintaining an open mind, by being kind, calm and gentle, by taking each day one at a time, and by letting go of desire, we can minimise our suffering and begin to live a fuller life.
4. The path to nirvana is along the Noble Eightfold Path. This path explains in more detail what needs to be achieved before nirvana is reached, and I’ll hopefully explain it in more detail in a later post.
So that was my mini introduction to Buddhism. As you can see, it fits in nicely with my belief of love, but the whole religion fits in that egg, rather than just part of of it. So I will still hang on to that tiny part of Christianity, but I will now be living a Buddhist life.
May peace find you,