Daily Touch of Inspirations
May 6th: Righteousness is beautiful
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
Contemporary notions of beauty are ridiculous. Our standards for what's attractive are incredibly un-Stoic in that we prize and extol things people have almost no control over- high cheekbones, complexion, height, piercing eyes.
Is it really beautiful to win the genetic lottery? Or should beauty be contingent on the choices, actions, and attributes we develop? An even keel, a sense of justice, a commitment to duty. These are beautiful trails- and they go much deeper than appearances.
Today, you can choose to be without prejudice, to act with justice, to keep an even keel, to be in control of yourself- even when that means dedication and sacrifice. If that's not beautiful, what is?