The Price of Beauty

This is not true. There’s no real price to physical beauty. Price is a figment of imagination, an illusion born out of desire. There is no price to beauty, but there may be costs. Cost is the expenditure of resources necessary to produce the fantasy of beauty.

There are costs in attaching value to beauty. Costs in assuming beauty has importance or meaning. Costs in using beauty as a metric—for others, for yourself. There are costs if you give beauty power.

The poet Anne Sexton said it best, I think.

Beauty is a simple passion, but, oh my friends, in the end you will dance the fire dance in iron shoes.


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