Beauty Through Virtue


In a Chinese language article dated 14.3.2010, the author asks what constitutes the nature of ‘true’ beauty? In a Beijing street, a man falls to the ground (possibly through ‘fainting’) while a nearby young woman thinks about helping, but is told by other by-standers not to get involved and to mind her own business. However, this young lady ignores this advise and steps out of the crowd to assist the man sit-up, recover his senses, and finally regain his feet. The author states that this action is the basis of ‘true’ beauty, which is a beauty of character, rather than of physicality. A person that possesses a ‘beautiful’ exterior, may not possess a ‘beautiful’ interior and vice versa. This young lady, of course, is physically beautiful in a discreet sense, but her character (and ‘mind’) appear to be the deciding factors in her particular manifestation. Understanding this opens the notion of ‘beauty’ into a much deeper and broader spectrum of manifestation (not limited to the ‘material’ plain), that requires a much more sophisticated means of perception in the observer.



Within Chinese thought, beauty cannot be just about ‘physicality’, as it must also be a manifestation of all ‘inner’ qualities. Indifference to physical beauty is just one of these attributes. Beauty is ‘enhanced’ by a lack of interest in its own fabrication, and ‘demeaned’ by an interest that is obsessive and corrupting.

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