If the documentary 'America the Beautiful' is playing in your area, go see it! It's a compelling story about America's (sometimes deadly) obsession with beauty. After observing a plastic surgery, the documentarian says he went home to call every woman he knows, to tell her she is beautiful, exactly as she is. And then called every man he knows and asked him to tell every woman in his life that she is beautiful, exactly as she is.
How do we define beauty? In one of my favorite scenes, Eve Ensler tells about her travels to Africa, where she met a woman who was absolutely in love with all.. ALL of her body. When Eve complained about parts of her body she was less than thrilled by, the woman pointed to a tree and asked, 'Is that tree beautiful?' Of course. The woman then pointed to a different tree. 'Is that tree any less beautiful because it is different?' ... 'I am a tree. You are a tree. Love your tree!'
You are beautiful. Love your tree!
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