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Humans instinctively pursue beauty.  We recognize it from our earliest days.  We want what is lovely and attractive.  It’s an innate desire in every person.  What exactly we find most beautiful and worthy of our attention varies from person to person, but there is always something lovely that we want.  And everyone respects the artistry of athletes, artists, dancers, musicians, painters, sculptors, architects.  We respond to the amazing artistry of nature.  It’s just plain beautiful.

But what do we do when we can’t get there?

For example, only a certain number of girls who study ballet will dance Clara in any given year. There will be several others to complete with in any dance studio at the minimum, perhaps many more in large cities where there are hundreds auditioning for the role.  But only one person in any city can dance Clara.  You have to work really, really hard.  You have to be pretty much perfect.  And you have to be attractive.  And when you dance Clara, hundreds of girls littler than you are drinking your perfect beauty in.  The poses, the moves, the dress, the way your face and hair reflect perfect beauty.

But most of us can’t get there.

Seeing and seeking beauty lead to demanding perfection of ourselves.  It’s as if we think that if we can be beautiful, if we can get there to that place of lovely perfection, we will have what we need.  Advertising is just one long presentation of beauty, attractive people, places and activities.  When it succeeds, we think we will possess what we long for when we possess what the ad sold us.

We long to reach beauty because we instinctively believe that it is good.  We want to be that beauty.

But, if you are less than beautiful, where do you fit in?  What is the value of your life in a world that longs for beauty, and so overlooks you?

We don’t see beauty as God sees it.

God has given each of us who we are and what we are to do while we’re here.  There’s beauty in that no matter how we appear to others.


Posted January 15, 2020 by swanatbagend in reflections

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If Autistic People Ran the World   2 comments

What if we lived in a world where the people whose minds are more at ease with objects, ideas and animals were the dominant species?

What if they were the ones who made the rules about what is “normal?”

What if they created a beautiful, orderly world?

What if there were an explosion of new art, architecture, music, beauty, pattern and regularity?

What if there were an inherent respect for other life in addition to human life? What if stewardship for the planet and all the species on it was assumed to be a priority?

What if there were a renaissance of thought, leading to new inventions?

I’ve read that many of the great minds who developed ideas that were a leap ahead were probably on the autism spectrum. They thought differently. They looked at reality differently. They sometimes even experienced reality differently. Wouldn’t it be great if those minds were encouraged to go even further?

What if there were no need for unnecessary time spent on small talk?

What if human relationships were honest and straightforward, and people said what they meant and meant what they said?

What if there were no human pettiness, no human wars and no human-caused chaos?

Wouldn’t it be great if that were the expected mode of operation?

Put the people with autism in charge, and I believe it would be.

Posted June 28, 2018 by swanatbagend in autism

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