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Beauty is only skin deep, they say.

So why does disfigurement poison the soul?
An overdone title but I can't think of anything else. Any suggestions would be super appreciated.

Just a thought that kept me from sleep, hastily scribbled into my Moleskine.

EDIT (22/6/14): Changed the title so that it wouldn't be confused with my other title "Seizing Beauty"
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my-savage-garden Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
John Merrick was a fine example of overcoming disfigurement but we see how others treated him. Why do we love beauty and hate ugliness? Why do we define beauty and ugliness?
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
He certainly was, poor man.

Because we are always seeing double. We always have to compare and contrast, leading to mixed results. Sometimes, we use duality to determine right from wrong and then we use the same thing to exclude and persecute.
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my-savage-garden Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Precisely. Although some would argue that it is in our nature to compare an contrast, to seek that which is divine and to propagate the species. One might call the inclination towards beauty "natural selection" but I feel as beings of reasoning and emotion we not only select beauty but also define it. I wouldn't for instance wear the clothes I did in the 80's, simply because I find them hideous now.
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's very astute. It got me thinking a lot and I ended up writing another short drabble not long after this one, sort of an unofficial sequel.
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my-savage-garden Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
So I have inspired you? What a treasure. You must tell me what it is called so I may read and favorite it.
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry, that's not quite what I meant. But I wrote this piece first then came up with another piece about a similar topic. I consider it as a spiritual sequel of sorts. It's called Seizing Beauty:

Seizing BeautySeize beauty with both your hands
Don't let go. Make it yours.


I do hope you'll like it
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my-savage-garden Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh I did read this. It was lovely. Sounded like one of my ponderings as I play Armand.
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, really? Very refined, that Armand.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
he's there... the phantom of the opera
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nice one!
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Edges-to-Everything Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Such an unfortunate truth. :tears:
I believe that they who judge disfigurements negatively are of poisoned souls, thus poisoning the hearts and tormenting the souls of the disfigured.   
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. That has got to be one of the deepest interpretations I have heard!!
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Edges-to-Everything Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
While I still disapprove of people who make disparaging comments toward others, I have learned over the years that these misdirected people are often suffering themselves. Many were raised in negative environments, and their behaviors are perhaps learned, more than chosen. A person who once bullied me in high school became a reasonably good friend when we met again many years later. It was then that I learned of the environment he'd been raised in, which sounded appalling. :(

(Works of few words have the power to generate many more words!)
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, that does happen, where bullies are made and change for the better. Not always, but it's a trend that can't be ignored.

That's true as well :nod:
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WeirdAndLovely Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:huggle: I really, really like this piece...
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :hug:
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MrWootton Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Writer
Because people judge books

By their covers
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
sad nod :mmhm: 
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xtcgm Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Good one!
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, I'm glad you think so :)
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NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A short and thought provoking work. I like the over all tone of these lines, short works usually don't have such a tone.
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm happy you liked it! And thank you for the :+fav:
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NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You are very welcome for both :)
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TheShanar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's a question to ponder, definitely. 
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amen! :nod:
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SereneCyrene Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so true! :star:
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:thanks:
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000SkyArrow000 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
talking about that is complicate....the true is....the way we look outside only affects us inside when we permit that....when we don't know who we really are and allow others do that for us..

when we have values and principles....and worry to learn more and more about who we really are....nothing can change what we have inside....and maybe...we can found something good deep inside us...something others could think looks pretty even when we forget that...


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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're absolutely right. You made a good point. :iconseriousnodplz:

Thank you for your comment!
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000SkyArrow000 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome my friend.....^^
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Graphix-Goddess Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Writer

Hmmm,... interesting! I think disfigurement poisons the soul of others, too, really.... We assume ugliness is somehow a reflection of what is on the inside and it's not (always).

:heart:

 

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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose that's true. If someone is bitter because of disfigurement, it affects relations with others.

You're right, it's not always true. :nod:
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