Looking Good vs. Being Good

It seems the difference between “looking good” and “being good” is forgotten and the focus is on the former.:(

In his “Thought for the Day” Shri Easwaran has some valuable comments in this regard. I have inserted those below.

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JUNE 9

Being is desirable because it is identical with Beauty, and Beauty is loved because it is Being. . . . We ourselves possess Beauty when we are true to our own being; ugliness is in going over to another order; knowing ourselves, we are beautiful; in self-ignorance, we are ugly.

– PLOTINUS

This morning a friend said to me, “You look good!” I appreciated the compliment, of course, but I also felt a little amused. I almost wanted to reply, “What do you mean? I am good.” Some people are mostly concerned with looking good. We should not be content with that. If we want a compliment, we should be good; and then others will say, “You are good.”

Today, it is said that the image has become the person. If the public relations people can make you look good, you come to believe that you are good.

We should never allow ourselves to emulate or admire images that merely look good. Whether in sports or entertainment or politics, celebrities offer good role models only when they stand for lasting values.

The Thought for the Day is today’s entry from Eknath Easwaran’s Words to Live By.
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