Whatever happened to Public Beauty?

I often watch historical documentaries, and have noted that in both WWI and WWII, women were asked to beautify themselves for the purposes of public morale, and more specifically, the morale of soldiers on leave.

When did we lose the concept that we contribute to the overall beauty (or ugliness) of the landscape?   Is it too prideful for this generation, or does it pinch the ability to do as we please?  Do we think ourselves invisible because we aren’t famous?

Dressing nicely and behaving graciously contributes to the public well-being.  If I leave one person with a smile on their face because my outfit was unexpectedly beautiful, or if my smile warms one heart, then I’ve made the world a slightly better place.

This is why I’d like to see all of us dress more like our true selves – did not the philosopher say that Truth is Beauty, and Beauty, Truth?

Even if we aren’t the Beautiful People, our efforts make the world a more beautiful place.


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