We are well aware that God created each one of us in his own light, without any specific discretion to anyone specially. He does not allot a particular caste and creed to someone. We are His children and are regarded equal in His kingdom. Then, why on earth have we classified ourselves according to skin tones, degrees of fairness or in more explicit language, why have we created ‘color-ism”?
If we deeply study the inhabitants of different parts of the earth, we would find that we have many skin colors, ranging from fair to dark and everything in between. For most of us it’s natural to consider light skin to be more beautiful than dark skin. Beauty has become equivalent to fair complexion. Evidence of this comes from numerous beauty products used to achieve lighter skin.This fairness creams are one of the best selling facial creams in the world.
Each day one is greeted by media with innumerable commercials of creams, gels, face-packs, toner, cleaner, moisturizer and endless such products all claiming to make one ‘fair or more fair’ in a short period meaning more beautiful or handsome, sometimes even in the blink of an eye! Well, personally, I am doubtful about their ‘instant fairness’ effect but I am sure that celebrities endorsing these products are making really big amount out of it. The models seem to have ‘acquired beauty’ endorsing these products only. The league of these fair ladies is now joined by male superstars too. Film Stars lying in the bath tub or walking across streets endorsing “men’s fairness” cream seems too hilariously innovative for a commercial. Actors and actresses around the world almost always are shown to have light skin, they do use lots of makeup to make themselves look lighter.
Today, even beauty contests have lost their true meaning. In the past, they were conducted to honor beauty, to acknowledge God’s beautiful creations on Earth. But today they end up creating artificial role models of youngsters or giving many of them inferiority complex about themselves.
Today, matrimonial ads too enlighten us with various degrees of the word ‘fair’ Priorities of groom’s parents seem to have changed largely. ‘Very very fair’ brides are automatically supposed to be better life partners over other necessary qualities. We seem to have forgotten what true beauty is all about. Margaret Hunger ford had once famously said “True Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”.
You know! Success, happiness, health, wealth, fame or relationships are not affected by our skin tone. Rather, the kind of person we are determines our fate. Being a beautiful person from within is what matters and is truly valuable. One who is beautiful and ‘fair’ (read pure) from inside has an aura of goodness and radiates love and warmth. History has witnessed the success of many great personalities who weren’t pearl while from outside but were true gems from inside. Each one of us is equally beautiful if we are beautiful at heart. Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing you favor him/her with. Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful quality of a human being.
Beauty is not skin deep. Being a beautiful person from within is what matters and is truly valuable. We should cultivate noble qualities. Martin Luther King, Jr. says , “Whatever career you may choose for yourself - doctor, lawyer, teacher - let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it. Become a dedicated fighter for civil rights. Make it a central part of your life. It will make you a better doctor, a better lawyer, a better teacher. It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man. Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights.
You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.” You will become beautiful, you will become handsome. Beauty of your character will come out itself and the people will admire you. We must forget the colour-ism and evaluate the person in terms of his beauty coming out characteristically.
Be Happy – Beautify Your Inner first.