In the modern era, every single person has more or less become accustomed to constantly being inundated by media depicting beautiful people. No matter whether it’s a commercial on the television, a critically acclaimed movie, or even a billboard on the side of the road, the vast majority of content produced for our consumption is fixated on showing bodies that are youthful, fit, and abnormally perfect.
And because every representation of a human being shown to consumers is cherry picked and digitally manipulated to depict only the most desirable of human appearances, individuals begin to internalize the idea that beauty is a vital quality, something that essentially effects who you are.
Of course, this is not really the case. For one thing, the standards of beauty presented in digital and traditional media don’t actually exist in the real world, as the images and videos used are the product of great lighting, heavy makeup, and extreme digital manipulation. In reality, even models don’t look like the beautiful people in magazines.
More importantly, the old adage that “beauty is only skin deep” remains as true as ever. It’s easy to conflate a desirable physical appearance with the fun and ease of life experienced by actors in commercials, but the truth is that beauty is just that: a beautiful countenance. Here are some reasons why beauty is not everything that it’s chalked up to be.
Everyone Gets Older
The most important thing to remember about being physically attractive is that it is guaranteed to fade with age. In time, everyone loses their beauty, along with any benefits that they were getting because of it. Even if you are the most beautiful person that exists on the planet at this very moment, in 20 years someone younger and more gorgeous will usurp you.
No matter how highly prized beauty is among the young, it is ultimately only a fleeting quality. For this reason, it is not nearly as valuable as it may seem.
Beauty is Interchangeable
While the standards of beauty may vary between separate cultures, the appearances of the people considered beautiful within one region are generally quite similar. After all, they are the select group of individuals who possess the features that are most popular in the locality.
It might seem like being beautiful makes someone unique, but in reality, beautiful people are interchangeable in terms of their appearances. Minds, on the other hand, are always unique. If someone likes you for your beauty, that love is not specific to you as an individual, the way it is when someone likes your brain and personality.
Finally, the most important thing to truly understand and accept is that beauty is only skin deep when it comes to finding a companion or romantic partner. It might seem like being beautiful would help you attract more people, but anyone who would only desire you so long as you looked a certain way is inherently a bad choice. In the end, true love is blind to physical appearance.