The Youth Obesssion

Ladies, you are beautiful.

I would first like to apologize for the heavy pressures that our society has put upon you, for truthfully, you are beautiful. And you don’t need makeup nor a treadmill for this fact to be true, nor is there inherent evil or wrongness by using such products. Yet know that makeup and other such things only highlight or enhance your beauty, but it is your face that draws the eye.

There are many victims in the social wars that wage on, and ladies, you are one of the victims in this particular issue. There are reasons, of course, why you are targeted by commercials and your self-worth is attacked, and you’re made to feel incomplete without a particular brand of mascara or lipstick. It is because, other than companies wanting to enlarge their profits, America has adopted idols into her worldview. And one such idol, is youth.

We live in a society that is centered on the physical, upon this life that we live now. Why show your wrinkles when you can cover them up? Why fashion gray hair when you can remain blonde, burnette, or redhead? Or why surrender passion when you can just take a Viagra? We live in a culture which desires to remain young, yet is aging day by day. Continue reading

What is Beauty?

double-rainbow-reid_1399_600x450Is this beautiful?

C. S. Lewis argued that there is a standard for beauty, “We must, then, grant logic to the reality; we must, if we are to have any moral standards, grant to it moral standards too. And there is really no reason why we should not do the same about standards of beauty. There is no reason why our reaction to a beautiful landscape should not be the response, however humanly blurred and partial, to something that is really there” (“De Futilitate”). The rainbow above is beautiful, because just as our morals come from God, so does our beauty. This rainbow is beautiful, because we can see God bleeding through it. Continue reading