Since we are teenagers we grow up with countless images that suggest that this actress is beautiful or this model and that celebrity. They may have various forms and shapes and yet we fail to see that. We only have in mind “thin thin thin” oh! and tall with gazelle legs and an invisible waist.
But we fail to think, that when we see for example Meryl Streep, we never think of her as ugly even though she does not agree exactly with the image of a gazelle.
The reason is simply that she projects a beauty from inside.
Yes you are right. They say that but not all of the models and the stars mean it or even know what it really means. They start selling their products or their diet plans to you because ‘beauty comes from the inside’.
The reality is that beauty does come from the inside but not from an inside physical state. It comes from an inside mental state. It is not a matter of what you eat but a matter of how you think.
In Ancient Greece beauty was tremendously valued. But for Plato, the real beauty lies in the world of the ideas! And the external beauty for Plato is not of the value of the internal beauty. A person with a strong cultivated mind, who is open to the world and to the ‘new’ is the most beautiful creature. A person creative and ready to listen and communicate with nature and the cosmic forces is of the most beauty. Why? Simply because such a person projects the confidence of her mind.
In the Greek language, names are calculated and are not random. They show us the reality of the words as they were created to show this reality in the first place. In Greek, the word beauty has an immediate relation with the word hour. When we say in Greek someone is beautiful we say he is “oreos” (Greek: ωραίος). The root of the word is the same with the Greek word “ora” (Greek: ώρα) the English ‘hour’ which means the time. So someone is beautiful when it is the right time for him to be beautiful. And this is when the “maturity” comes which in Greek has again the same root with the previous ones and it’s called “orimos” (Greek: ώριμος). I can understand that the expression ‘it’s all Greek to me’ comes to your mind right now, but you don’t need to know the words. Just put the 3 Greek words together like that (ωραίος, ώρα, ώριμος) and observe them as images or shapes. Observe their commonality. The wisdom is inside this commonality.