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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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