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Why are Babies Beautiful?

When I first thought about this a few days ago, the question felt like it was to simple, to easy, a no-brainer if you will. But the more I thought about it the more revealing the question became as I was forced to ponder everything from our mortality to our progeny as a species.

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Babies are beautiful. They smile and we smile, they laugh and we laugh. We cannot help but become reflections of their emotional outpourings, as we gaze on in awe at the marvelous beginnings of a human life. Newborn children are a sight to behold. The way their skin creases and folds as they wriggle, the spark of light and life that shines behind the eyes, even the apparent strangeness they feel beyond the warm amniotic embrace they’ve become so accustomed to, and their awkward movements in an attempted escape, are flattering. Babies are absolutely beautiful, in every color and shape and size they are beautiful.

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But I ask you this; why are they beautiful? Is it because they represent the very best and purest of us all? Is it because they embody, quite literally, the continuation of life? Is it because they are vulnerable and weak, fully dependent on us for their own survival? Could it be that we are hard-wired to see them as shining beacons of light and life and hope that we as humans seek tirelessly, the stuff inspiration and a joyful existence rely on?




I believe the answer to all of these questions is a simple yes. They are all those things and much, much more. The vastness and complexity of the universe and all the life contained therein is beyond human conception, we cannot fathom the immensity of it all. All we are left with is the awe that fuels our imaginations and the never ending stream of questions we ponder as we mine the depths of information and gain knowledge of this wild-ride called life.

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But just as the universe is beyond our grasp, as the macrocosm of our perceivable reality, so is the newborn child beyond our imaginings. Each new life that arrives represents the infinitesimally small, the microcosm of our perceivable reality, the vastness that extends inward and never-ends.

The beauty we perceive can be attributed to many superfluous things, like symmetry, aesthetics, and personal preferences of all sorts, but the foundation to all beauty is life. Often-times as human beings, with our limited sensory perception, we miss the beauty that is all around us. We fail to recognize it in all the amazing and diverse forms within which it can be found. The cycle of life is everywhere, from the geological depths of Earth all the way to our beloved Sun there are interconnected processes that allow for and incubate life, old and new.

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I believe Babies are beautiful for may reasons, but the most notable is that their beauty represents the improbability of this all. They are the awesome byproducts of everything we cannot truly understand. No matter how scientifically adept, or spiritually enlightened, a baby leaves us awe-struck, forced to acknowledge the limitations within ourselves as we look to the stars and dream.

So next time you visit the smallest and newest among us, stare into their eyes, and ponder just what makes them so beautiful!


I Cannot Remain Willfully Ignorant

Can I be honest for a minute?

I am horrified at all the divisive and hateful rhetoric that is being thrown around all willy-nilly these days.

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I mean lets get serious for a minute; we have presidential hopefuls slandering each other mercilessly while spewing bigoted ignorance.

Whole cultures are being demonized based on race and religion. Everywhere I turn I hear someone blaming another group of people for …something.

The blame game never ends in anything but more conflict, more division, and more hate.

Ironically, the real problem is the hateful and divisive rhetoric itself. It acts as the fuel for the fires of negative emotion that keep us at war with ourselves and each other.

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It keeps humanity divided.

This hateful and divisive rhetoric fractures our humanity by driving cleverly constructed wedges between what we know in our hearts to be true and what we believe in our minds eye. It keeps us focused on the differences instead of the similarities.

This is the same type of rhetoric used throughout history by the megalomaniac to persuade people to view another race or culture as inferior or sub-human. It is the oldest and most effective trick used by those in positions of power to justify the war efforts and violence that directly benefits the preservation and expansion of their very own power.

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It is a cyclical game of psychological conditioning. In time the unthinkable becomes thinkable, and then the dogs of war are released.

We have seen how horrifyingly effective this type of divisive and hateful rhetoric can be in the not-so-distant past. Just think Holocaust, Internment Camps, 9-11, or Lynchings, all of which happened only after this type of hateful and divisive speech infected the worldview of a human being who would ultimately take up action.

How else would young men and women willingly take up arms to brutally murder other young men and women unless they believed, in their minds eye, that they where doing what must be done to those who do not deserve to live?

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This goes for the terrorist as well as the soldier; both believe they are doing the righteous thing.

This, in my opinion, is one of the biggest deceptions of modern times: the belief that one is superior over another, that ones own perspective somehow has more validity than anyone else.

Once this belief is solidified it shapes the worldview of its host. The hateful rhetoric that was once heard is then spoken, and the cycle continues.

There is a frightening aspect to this process which I cannot quite figure out. I just cannot understand how the minds of some can remain willingly ignorant enough to allow these hateful and biased pundits penetrate their experiential understanding of the world at large.

I get it that some people are biased from personal experience and trauma, and that I can understand, but how do people who have zero real-world experience of a certain race or religion accept the hateful and biased rhetoric of someone they have never met?

Personally, I cannot remain willfully ignorant.

I cannot remain willfully ignorant of the Muslims I have known and loved as peaceful and compassionate human beings.

I cannot remain willfully ignorant of the love and generosity that is typical of my Latin American friends and family.

I cannot remain willfully ignorant of the beautiful friendship and support given me by my LGBT friends and family.

I cannot remain willfully ignorant of the love and companionship of my African American Girlfriend.

I cannot remain willfully ignorant of the beauty and light I see behind the eyes of all children, regardless of race.

I cannot remain willfully ignorant that my heart aches for all people to be free from suffering.

I cannot remain willfully ignorant that I am a human being, and that everything I am made of is enriched by love and tarnished by hate.

I just cannot remain willfully ignorant.

As usual thanks for stopping by!!