Irony posits two realms: the eternal, or divine, and the temporal, mortal, physical. We live in this world with its laws and constraints, its culture and bodies.
Isn’t thinking an action?
And none of it matters: that’s the best and worst part, whatever the topics or range of topics, the crossfire is totally inconsequential.
Fortunately for the ugly among us, many parents who are kind and loving are also not so beautiful. This means that many people, even very attractive ones, grow up predisposed to think very generously of not-so-perfect people.
“Aristotle,” I would say. “Aristotle,” and I would gently grab onto his arm and lead him out the backdoor exit, pursing my lips through an index finger.
How, alas, does one excavate oneself from such careening thoughts in which truth is temporary, suspect, and often useless?
“The number one fear for women dating online is that they’ll meet a serial killer, and the number one fear for men is that the woman will be fat.”
“That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.”
Why not make the experience and time we pass in the here and now meaningful, authentic, and productive in your own way? Why not make the choice today to start seeing with the heart rather than your eyes? For when the heart is clear, our eyes are too.
Does thinking about my appearance impact my daily life and my decisions?