Among the many things we all hold in common, it’s interesting that we all want to be beautiful in appearance. Even if we desire to be ugly, it’s still the desire to be beautiful – it just simply reflects our interpretation of what is beautiful. Perhaps it’s too overarching to say that we all want to be beautiful as some could absolutely care less. In any circumstance, given the great diversity of thought as to what is physically attractive, it appears that physical beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. This is quite alright and only appropriate as physical beauty itself is inanimate, as it is a concept – an object of thought. But what about inner beauty? Is it really left open to the broad interpretations we apply to physical beauty?
Inner beauty is more than an object of thought, it’s the fruition of thought, thought manifested. Although physical beauty can be observed in motion, it’s in the state of being, whereas observed inner beauty is in the state of doing. So, what’s the significance of being versus doing? Improbable as it may seem, rightly ordered law has everything to do with inner beauty. After all, rightly ordered law guides and judges not our state of being, but our state of doing. If you love rightly ordered law, then what it is that you really love… is inner beauty. So, how could it be that inner beauty is left to the whim of our own interpretation as is physical beauty?
I’d argue that ultimately, it’s not. It seems so widely accepted that the essence of inner beauty is spiritual beauty. We often say this or that person has a good heart or spirit,or a bad one. If it’s true that inner beauty is spiritual beauty, then it suggests that law is something deeply spiritual. With profound implications, this really reiterates the importance of belief and faith, which we all have in something, in the public square. It should cause us to ask what inner beauty is and what is our responsibility to it – the answers to which can only be found in it’s origin, the source that defined it. At the very least, we should acknowledge that judging someone based upon their physical appearance is a step away from rightly ordered law and at the heart of the matter… a step away from inner beauty. When we see people merely as shells, a piece of our inner beauty is lost. True inner beauty can only be found in the Source of Life – God.
*Origin of Discursion: Oddly enough… West Virginia Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge’s proposal of The Barbie Ban Bill, which would prohibit the sale of Barbie and other similar dolls.