– Shirley Blake: Who’s that a picture of?Moviequotes.com
– James Loop Merritt: Oh. A girl I used to know.
– Shirley Blake: She’s a pretty lady.
– James Loop Merritt: I used to think so. But it’s not enough to be pretty on the outside. You’ve got to be pretty on the inside, too.
– Shirley Blake: How can you be pretty in there?
– James Loop Merritt: By thinking the right thoughts and doing the right things. And eating plenty of spinach!”
The science of facial shapes and expressions intrigues me, but the photographic link a person may make between someone and their character serves to hinder their understanding of that person at a basic level.
I tire of encountering people that find it a challenge to look past my skin without having automatically assigned my character to mediocrity, or at the other extreme, surprise at my extra ordinariness.
Lady of right thought, Lady of right doing, and Lady of right nutrition does not a pretty woman make without an accompanying judgment that includes a pre-definition of pretty, right, and therefore, ugly and wrong.
We must define these things for ourselves, if endeavoring to toil more towards one than the other. But we can’t do this for others, nor assign uneven hues of beauty standards to those whose minds we can’t read, nor whose actions we’re equipped to translate from languages we don’t know or haven’t been taught.
Everyone is responsible for their own nutrition, and a photograph is not taken in a test kitchen. An image says no more than “I am here”, and for the majority of folks, that place is in the past.