“EVERY PARTICULAR IN NATURE, A LEAF, A DROP, A CRYSTAL, A MOMENT OF TIME IS RELATED TO THE WHOLE, AND PARTAKES IN THE PERFECTION OF THE WHOLE”
- RALPH WALDO EMERSON
I was recently asked by the beautiful Daisy of Beyond Journal - an online journal devoted to the exploration of of creativity, connection & introspection - to write a piece on beauty.
"Throughout history, beauty has become something that was so intrinsically linked with nature to something of pure commercial gain. We are sold beauty products just as we are sold the latest fashion trends. It is only then – when we have all the latest beauty tools & trends- we will be ‘beautiful’. The beauty & cosmetics industry is clever- they instil fear in the consumer pointing out that a single frown line or crows feet is truly unacceptable. But of course they have a product for that, as if our fate relies on it. Glossy magazines, social media & advertisements are a constant reminder of the strict confines of ‘beauty’. As Nadine Artemis writes in her book Renegade Beauty, beauty is “sold as glittery bottles of anti-aging serums, body- shaping surgeries & eye-colour-enhancing eyeshadows. Beauty is for sale if you are willing to pay the price”.
But the truth is beauty is an experience, which of course is a very subjective process. The ancient Koine Greek word for beauty was hōraios, coming from the word hour. Beauty was considered to be ‘of one’s hour’. And therefore, anything 'of its time' was considered beautiful. A young woman trying to be older & an old woman trying to be younger would not be considered beautiful. Beauty therefore encompasses anything from youthful to ripe old age"