There would be no point in us looking beautiful if every time we opened our mouths something inappropriate came out.
My mind goes to a film called ‘The Elephant Man.’ Marred by a disease at birth that left him permanently disfigured, the Elephant Man was frightening to look at, but his wonderful personality always shone through. Unfortunately, society treated him like a freak, but he was such a gentle soul.
His story teaches us about life, compassion, humility and humanity, and above all one man’s determination to prove that just because he looks different on the outside, doesn’t mean he is not worthy of love, admiration and friendship. He was a kind, caring and a good-natured man, who was simply looking for acceptance.
He wanted to live a normal life without being under the glare of the media spotlight. He wanted people to accept him. He wanted to live his life without being rebuked, stared at, ridiculed or provoked by those people who thought he should be in a circus just so that people could laugh at him.
The beauty inside is what counts and we don’t place enough emphasis on it. We’re too quick to judge people on appearance. We can all have beautiful qualities whether we choose to use them or not. Pressure from society to behave a certain way is not an excuse, but we behave as if it is.
We must take time to learn about ourselves. Perhaps we must also begin to understand what our life is about, and how we can go about making changes from within. Everything starts from there.