True beauty originates in God and reveals itself in the physical realities around us, including the physical beauty of people.
How do we get past the clichés and come to a deeper understanding of physical beauty? Because some people are more physically beautiful than others. We all know this. The difference in physical attractiveness is real and it affects how we interact with each other. We cannot ignore or eliminate the differences or their effects. So what do we do with them?
The importance of external beauty is extremely exaggerated in our culture. External beauty is frequently mishandled both by its possessors and those who react to it. How should we respond to these errors?
It seems we Christians try to avoid the discussion about physical attractiveness. We want to pretend we don’t notice it or say it doesn’t matter. Differences exist. We do notice them, it does matter and it does affect us.
If we in the Church can acknowledge the variance, we still downplay the role of external beauty or try to skip further examination of the topic by saying that internal beauty is what matters, because internal beauty is eternal. Whiletrue—internal beauty is more important, and internal beauty is eternal—it doesn’t automatically follow that external beauty has no importance or purpose.
I’m curious to hear what you, my readers, think about this thorny topic of internal and external beauty. What frustrates you about this topic? What ideas do you want to see deliberated? What questions are lacking robust answers from the Church? What Truths have you discovered about these concepts?