What is Ugly?

What is ugly
by Marion Brownlie ©

Anything that is not aesthetically pleasing to the eye can be termed ugly including, behaviours, appearances, attitudes, personalities and physical constructions such as buildings. In our society much attention is given to physical appearances. We are conditioned to think many things are ugly. Big nose’s, big ear’s, scar’s or any body part that does not fall into the considered ‘norm.’

Ugliness comes back to personal perception and whether you judge from a purely physical perception or look at all things from a deeper point of view, it is in the eye of the beholder. If you are not unduly influenced by physical appearance and look to the overall energy of that which you observe then you may find things beautiful in a different way. What may be seen as an ugly face will not be seen as ugly by many if there is genuine love in the ‘ugly’ person’s heart. Positive energy transforms the appearance of the face. Their inner light shines out and shows through the eyes. After all the eyes are the widows to the soul. If you have ugly intent in your heart, it does not matter how your physical features are as that ugliness inside will be seen through the eyes, hence the saying ‘evil eyes’.
Unpleasant behaviours that are potentially violent or hostile can be said to be an ugly mood. Anything generally seen as unpleasant or objectionable, morally repulsive or displeasing in any way can be said to be ugly: war is ugly, murder, sexual abuse etc. Many attitudes are considered ugly especially those that infringe on others such as hatred, intimidation, bullying, jealousy, greed and anger.
Many children perceive clowns to be ugly and a terrified of them, where as adults know that they are supposed to be funny. A prime example of this is the movie Shrek. In his own world he was no different but when trapped in an alternate universe he was thought to be an ugly noisy big ogre. Fiona, another ogre thought he was the most handsome man she had met.

It is commonly known that when we first met someone that we ‘read’ them in the first few second on an unconscious level before any words are even uttered. It is in your best interest to pay attention to these instincts as they are usually very accurate. Pay attention especially when you come across someone who ‘gives you the creeps’ yet you will have no solid evidence as to why you feel that way as you may be saving yourself a lot of future grief as you intuitively picking up on the ugly energies around the person and they are not to be trusted.
Throughout the ages all forms of body modification or enhancement has manipulated the way people behave and has been carried out to enhance perceives beauty or sexuality of the culture and time. Foot binding was in fact once popular and revered in ancient China as a symbol of status and identity, the smaller the foot the more beautiful the women. Viewed from our perspective foot binding can be perceived as a repulsive ugly tradition as women suffered great pain when forced to walk on their mutilated feet.
I wonder if you are can see where I’m going with this –the distortion of bodies is mostly about women, beauty and sexual desirability or rather what the males of the tribe have decided what makes a woman beautiful.
Western women wear ridiculously high heels to make the leg appear longer and thus more sexually attractive to the male. Not to mention all the face painting through makeup. However this need to seek external beauty has led to booming industries such as breast enhancement, tighten here, suck out the fat and pump it elsewhere. Botox, and all forms of surgery to supposedly enhance our attractiveness as nobody wants to be seen as the ugly duckling.
Sadly this focus on the physical leaves many women feeling incredibly insecure about their own bodies and appearances. Magazines, television, movies and general male attitude conditioning has led to a woman’s beauty being judged primarily on physical appearances.
Acceptable physical appearance is very much conditioned by the people you spend most time with. If your social group are overweight you are more likely to be overweight and will not see obesity as being ugly. However f healthy and fit you will tend to be more inclined to be healthy and fit you may see obesity as ugly.
Dr. Masaru Emoto’s experiments with rice and emotions demonstration of the power of negative thinking and conversely, the power of positive thinking. Dr Emoto placed portions of cooked rice into two containers. On one container he wrote “I Love you, thank you” and on the other “I hate you, you fool”. He then instructed school children to say the labels on the jars out loud every day when they passed them by. After 30 days, the rice in the container with positive thoughts had barely changed, while the other was mouldy and rotten- Be aware of the power of your thoughts. Imagine what they can do to your body!
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