So, I did a very LITTLE research on the ‘net to discover where the old adage, “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” comes from and I’m not surprised to find that it is a quote credited to Plato. (although some sources also say in this particular version it is actually a quote from a book by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford)
The quote credited to Plato says, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”.
I like it worded like that better for some reason, but the meaning is the same. My eyes behold beauty differently than some and similarly to others. But, maybe we can all agree that love which is acted out from one’s soul is true beauty in any language.
What does that mean, though? What is love acted out? Is it just passionate feeling toward another or is it showing kindness to someone who doesn’t deserve it? Is love acted out done in order to bring reciprocal actions or is it done without asking anything in return? Is it wanting to show people how good you are or is it hoping to make a difference for someone else?
Love is beauty that grows within you. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, surly, but what kind of beauty is being beheld?
“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b