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Truth Is Beauty

In Should I Even Be Talking About This?, Writing on October 4, 2013 at 8:25 am

People are, to me,  more beautiful in their awkwardness, in their kindness and reticence, than they ever could be under the heavy hand of Photo-shop. I love how genuine they are in their bad pictures on Tumblr and Instagram, and my heart swells as I witness their love for their pets and families in their sometimes ‘awkward family photos’  from their lives. I see the shy teenager, gingerly attempting to put themselves out there, to test the waters of self esteem, but my heart breaks when I think of the nasty comments and cruel evaluations they are leaving themselves open to. I can’t count how many times I’ve Tumblr *liked* a picture of an old family photo, a person writing underneath it: ‘Here I am, age two, with my mom and brothers’ or ‘Here’s my Mom and Dad on their wedding day!’-and maybe it’s an awkward picture, or the person isn’t ‘beautiful’ by the photo-shopped, impossible standards so many of us hold others to, but most of us are trying our best. I honestly believe that. And there is beauty in the average, in the everyday, in the familiar- perhaps more so than anywhere else.

If you read the comments section under anything on the web, you witness how quickly things go from kind to mean (to viscous!) regardless of the subject. It could be an article about planting seeds in the springtime, a baby picture, a vintage shot of an old haunt-and someone, somewhere will find a way to lash out at it, put it down, insult it, argue about it- for no other reason than to be cruel! Why is human nature so negative? Why do people, once they become anonymous, so often turn feral? Why is everyone so angry?! I am absolutely positive that somewhere among the anonymous yet obscenely ‘casual’ vitriol is the formula that explains War and Poverty and Racism and Hate. If only we could deconstruct this and harness this negative energy for good!!!

Celebrate original people!

Celebrate original people!

I make it a point to never take part in trolling. Sure, I see things I don’t like, or read comments I don’t agree with- but I just move along. I’m no Pollyanna (as my blog will attest to!) I do, however make it a habit  to make lots of anonymous positive comments, because you never know when it’s just what someone needs to keep going.  And it’s not hard to press a like button, or post a kind word of encouragement! Being ‘anonymous nice’ makes me feel like I’m nudging karma in the right direction., and adding something good to the mix, rather than slamming down, like a wrecking ball, people’s good intentions.

 

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