[2] As I walk through the garden of Eden, the sensitive matter of personality comes through the core, who I am, what do I feel? Explore your senses!:)-The World God Only Knows

The World God Only Knows
The World God Only Knows

[2] As I walk through the garden of Eden, the sensitive matter of personality comes through the core, who I am, what do I feel? Explore your senses!:)
View The Canvas Beauty On Black

The Land of Dreaming


Effects on society

Beauty presents a standard of comparison, and it can cause resentment and dissatisfaction when not achieved. People who do not fit the "beauty ideal" may be ostracized within their communities. The television sitcom Ugly Betty portrays the life of a girl faced with hardships due to society’s unwelcoming attitudes toward those they deem unattractive. However, a person may also be targeted for harassment because of their beauty. In Malèna, a strikingly beautiful Italian woman is forced into poverty by the women of the community who refuse to give her work for fear that she may "woo" their husbands.
Chinese Jade ornament with flower design, Jin Dynasty (1115-1234 AD), Shanghai Museum.

Researchers have found that good looking students get higher grades from their teachers than students with an ordinary appearance. Furthermore, attractive patients receive more personalized care from their doctors. Studies have even shown that handsome criminals receive lighter sentences than less attractive convicts.

How much money a person earns may also be influenced by physical beauty. One study found that people low in physical attractiveness earn 5 to 10 percent less than ordinary looking people, who in turn earn 3 to 8 percent less than those who are considered good looking. Discrimination against others based on their appearance is known as lookism. St. Augustine said of beauty "Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.


The World God Only Knows
The World God Only Knows

~day 74: what i see~
There’s a stillness in the world today
A rustling in the leaves that lay
Still scattered on the ground…
Skies that tremble loftily
Winds murmuring softly
A coolness in the air that brings
Memories of a thousand springs,

They swiftly passed us by:
And new life is daring yet to live,
Old souls are praying, ‘Father, forgive!’
And clouds are floating by…

I hear the nagging moans of some
Who think He is not quick to come
Some within themselves conspire
To frame all but themselves a liar–
And others say, ‘let’s live for now,’
Not caring wherefore or how.

But in myself I can afford no room
For ceaseless ‘whys?’ and fatal gloom,
I look and listen to the skies
Not asking to be great or wise
But to know only what God would impart;
And looking up, I see—a heart.

The World God Only Knows
The World God Only Knows

~day 109: i need You~
"For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not, no explanation is possible."

These are the words that open the 1943 film, The Song of Bernadette starring Jennifer Jones. It’s the story of Lourdes, of the apparition of Our Lady there to a young peasant girl named Bernadette, of the healing waters that flowed forth from the site of the apparitions, of the miracles wrought there, and of the faith of the pilgrims who came to Lourdes—who continue to come there by the thousands every year.

But we might apply those words to something even simpler—and yet even greater, and more mysterious—than the apparitions themselves: Love. If we believe in God, we don’t need a reason that love exists, that love is good and that love is what we live for. We understand that love is truth, and that love is the only thing that justifies itself—that is its own reason for being.
We know that God is Love.

But for those who do not believe in God (and I once was counted among this set), there is always either a seeking beyond—or a sinking before. A constant straining to get beyond the simplicity of love itself in order to achieve some higher meaning that always remains shrouded—or else, the cynicism that makes belief in God impossible has also formed a blockage to faith in love. Love does require faith, because love does not exist without trust. The key to love is the willingness to become vulnerable; and what I remember most vividly from my ‘atheist days,’ was the deep-seated fear of vulnerability.

Lourdes is a special place of pilgrimage particularly for the sick and paralyzed. Every day, hundreds of wheelchairs roll into and out of Lourdes, its grotto and basilica. There are some atheists who say that religion is a crutch for people—well, these pilgrims are far beyond a crutch. They’re already in wheelchairs. Real wheelchairs. Many of them can’t even move. They are wheeled in by nuns and caregivers. They need others to be attentive to them. These pilgrims are vulnerable—vulnerable by nature, by default, whether they like it or not. Perhaps this is why such great faith often springs up in the midst of adversity—because when we find ourselves out of control, already vulnerable, the fear of becoming vulnerable slips away. We’re simply ready to say, ‘I need you.’ We may say it to God, and to others. Watch the sick and the older people in your lives—the ones who are wisest among them are the ones ready to say, ‘I need you.’

On this feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, we also celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. I ask you to join me in my own special prayer intentions, and to add yours to the list:

For Larry Giacalone, who suffered a heart attack this week. May God bring him healing

For Mrs. B., who is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

For Silvia’s mother.

For Arline Lumpkin.


Hail Mary,
full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now, and at the hour of our death.


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