So ... I googled "beauty" this morning and clicked "images" just to see what would come up.
I was disappointed to see every image I scrolled through was of virtually identical looking women applying make up. That was really disappointing. I mean .. I expected to see some of that sort of thing, but I was shocked that was all I got. With the untold trillions of images floating about on the intertubes, I would think that a search for a term as wild and numinous as "beauty" would generate more than one idea.
Nothing wrong with make up or women of any sort, but I just expected ... variety ... people--yes, but different types of people, and I thought maybe some landscapes or artwork or the moon or babies or tattoos, absract colorful blobs, a gravestone, a perfectly composed taco, Mother Theresa rocking a leper to sleep, naked vampires wrestling a giant squid on the rings of Saturn--all blood and tentacles and teeth--maybe even some of the identical looking women doing something BESIDES applying make up for crying out loud!
I thought I would get a glimpse into what the teeming millions in their secret hearts call "beautiful." But no, I got a bunch of fucking ads for Estee Lauder.
Come on mortals! You can do better than this. Give me more than lame commerce, uninspired assimilation, and outright falsehood. Stop lying to yourselves! I know what you seek in your heart of hearts because I seek it too! Grab that beauty, squeeze it, and drink it bitches! Sink your teeth in it, spread beauty on the ground and roll in it, pour beauty over your head and let it run down your skin like shed blood! Find it, my robots! Notice it, revel in it, steal peeks at it when no one's watching, poke it on Facebook, celebrate it, ACKOWLEDGE it, know it when you see it, take a picture--it'll last longer--and whatever do you don't lock it away to die and never ever forget it!