There is no point in us looking beautiful, if every time we open our mouths something inappropriate comes 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. He was a gentle soul, yet society treated him like a freak. Despite this, his wonderful personality shone through.
The film is based on a real story and it 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 who thought he should be in a circus just so that people could stare and 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. But we can all have beautiful qualities. Pressure from society to behave in a certain way is not an excuse, but we may behave as if it is.
We must begin to understand what life is about; we must also take the time to learn about ourselves and how we can go about making changes from the inside out, because everything starts from there.