True Beauty

True BeautyI guess it is safe to say that each person has a different standard for beauty. What I may find exquisitely beautiful may be disappointingly plain in your eyes. Likewise, what you may find extremely attractive may seem hideously repulsive to me. Quite laughable, actually, but quite true also. But no matter how diverse our preferences are, we usually come to terms with a general “standard” for beauty.

‘Superficial’

So, what makes a person beautiful? Is it the big and expressive eyes or the small and mysterious ones? Tall and straight nose or the button-like cute nose? Full and luscious lips or thin and pale? Or perhaps it’s not the individual details, but the overall effect of the combination of all these facial parts. How about the body structure — long and slender, or short and squat?

With the widespread fad of aesthetic surgery, we have become more superficial in our standard for beauty. We look at the facial features of famous Hollywood actors and copy them. We work out several times a week to achieve the perfect abs of the hottest movie star. We meticulously practice every makeup trick designed to make us look like someone else that we perceive as beautiful. But is beauty really just skin-deep?


‘Skin-deep’

Sometimes, we “fall in love” with a person’s looks and find that later on, we cannot bear to be with that person anymore because we cannot bear that person’s bad character. And then, there are times when we meet person who does not quite reach our standard for beauty but we come to love that person deeply in spite of the lack of physical beauty. And yet, when we gaze into that beloved person’s face, we see the most beautiful person in the world.

Beauty, after all, is not just skin-deep. Yes, we can be initially drawn to a person by how he or she looks, but later on, it’s what’s in the heart and character that will radiate outside and show us the real beauty of that person.

How about you — what do you think makes a person beautiful?

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Kenya Mom Names Newborn Twins Barack Obama And Mitt Romney

Kenya Mom Names Newborn Twins Barack Obama And Mitt RomneyA young Kenyan mother has named her newborn twin sons after the U.S. president-elect and his defeated Republican challenger.

‘Hail our Kogelo son’

Millicent Owuor, 20, gave birth to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Wednesday at the Siaya District Hospital in southwest Kenya, according to the Standard. Owuor told the Kenyan news outlet her sons’ names will always remind her of the election in the United States. The hospital is near the village of Kogelo, where where President Barack Obama’s father was born and where his 90-year-old stepgrandmother, Sarah Obama, resides.

Jubilant residents in Kogelo cheered Obama’s victory as results from the United States were reported. Shouts of “Hail our Kogelo son” and “Obama is coming, open the road for him” rang through the air as locals blew vuvuzela horns in celebration, the Standard reports.


‘Baby Barack can meet his namesake’

Kenyans hope Obama’s re-election will harken a fresh start for a U.S. relationship with Kenya, Reuters reports. Obama visited sub-Saharan Africa just once during his first four years as president—a stop of less than a day in Ghana, according to Reuters. If Obama does visit Kenya, maybe baby Barack can meet his namesake and baby Mitt meet the U.S. president.

There’s no word yet if there have been twins named Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

If you had newborn twins on Election Day, would you also name your babies after clashing political candidates? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us!

Source: Yahoo News

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