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1. Without ever ending; eternally: to last forever.
2. Continually; incessantly; always.

3. An endless or seemingly endless period of time.

Forever is nothing but a word – a remark, an expression – it holds no meaning.
There exists no such thing which can last forever. Nothing.
And that is why we cherish and cling onto our moments and memories like a treasure.
The memories and reminiscences we deliberately or accidentally support our lives on and struggle and attempt to be a part of.

The recollections we strive so hard to store and stock up in the concealed corners of our hearts.

Yet in the same depths of our hearts we very well know that, even in these seemingly safe crevices, the memories are not safe and will ultimately slip away and be lost to the vast expanses of emptiness.

Our prized memories will, someday, drain into the infinite voids of eternity. And so will we along with the entire universe we live in and also everything beyond it and not bound by it.

And that makes our times here much more fascinating and precious. And it is something that should drive us forward and motivate us rather than hold us back. This chance opportunity called LIFE is the most beautiful adventure which we as humans can cherish and enjoy. 

Mors Certa, Vita Incerta - "Death is certain, life is not."

Of Beauty, Beasts And The Beholder

General World XLNC | By Aditya | 2012 Trackbacks (0) Add comment   
Beauty is a characteristic of a person, animal, place, object, or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction.

What does this definition actually imply to us though? It tells us that beauty is a notion of all our perceptual senses. Not just our sense of vision!

What makes people crave beauty is beyond my perception though! And contrary to as is often said, I feel, beauty does not lie in the EYES of the beholder but in the MIND!

A cockroach, for example, is deemed to be ugly, repulsive and outright hideous. Yet it doesn’t care how it looks, it goes about its business as usual. It doesn’t want to look more attractive, it doesn’t care about being beautiful. It has evolved itself to its present state and is happy with it.

Yet we humans don’t even have the basic commonsense that I feel a cockroach has and label people at will as being attractive, beautiful or ugly. If I look hideous there is nothing I can do about it. Let me rephrase that to - I don’t want to do anything about it. That doesn’t mean though that I’ll wear tattered clothes and run around with unkempt hair.

Our mind is so attracted to beauty that we distinguish people based on it, which I feel is ridiculous. There have been innumerable people in history who were, as most people would classify, ugly. Abraham Lincoln was considered to be a very ugly human being, let alone being the ugliest President of the United States. Albert Einstein was considered ugly as was Gandhi – the Mahatma (which translates to Great Soul and not to great looks or great beauty).

Yet no one cares now if any of these people were ugly or beautiful. All people cared about, and still do is, how these men were from the inside – incredibly selfless and noble.

Vanity is, in most cultures, considered to be a deadly sin. So why do we give it unnecessary importance? Why beauty is so pointlessly glorified is something I cannot understand? I don’t care if a person is beautiful, ugly or even monstrous as long as the person and I feel comfortable with each other. And this was the basic essence of the legendary fairy tale “the beauty and the beast”.

I could be the most handsome human to have walked on the planet and yet have the ugliest and most repulsive thoughts in the entire world whereas Gandhi and Lincoln, though ugly as most people say, had the most beautiful thoughts about the future of mankind.

The fact that a person feels ugly and tries to change themselves is disgusting and I would call that thought as being ugly, not the person’s appearance.

I seriously wonder sometimes whether the world would accept a person who doesn’t accept him/herself.

And as, my favourite Superhero vigilante, Batman himself famously stated – it is what you do that defines you!!

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