Can We Talk? The pursuit of beauty has created an ever widening divorce between the physical and spiritual. Is beauty truly only in the eye of the beholder or can something be beautiful regardless of our opinion?
Truth, goodness and beauty are referred to as transcendental because they transcend the limits of the places or times in which we live. Each of these are rooted in “being” and are not contingent upon what religious beliefs you have or what culture you come from or what ideology you adhere to.
In fact, Truth, Goodness and Beauty are objective properties that that can be found in all creation. So how can a person be so blind to the truth that they do harm and not good to themselves all for the sake of trying to become what they already are which is beautiful? I believe it is because of the divorce that has taken place between the spiritual and physical realm.
The body makes visible the invisible reality of the person we see before us. We are not just a material substance that can be nipped and tucked and implanted so as to “become” beautiful but rather we are a union of spirit and matter. We are “embodied spirits” and our beauty exists whether we acknowledge it or not.
If the body makes visible the invisible than we understand that someone who modifies their bodies with piercings and tattoos has a spirit screaming to be seen and heard or is in fact could be so shattered that the modifications become a shield or costume to hide behind so that others will not truly “see” them.