Monday, April 12, 2010

Ugly



I went to a party recently where I spyed an unusual young man standing in the corner of the room. He had no one to talk to, blinked rapidly and wore a serene expression on his face. I was concerned immediately and couldn't stop watching him. Amongst the loud chatter, deafening music and obscene dance moves he possessed a power few of us are capable of, invisibility.

His problem (or advantage) it seems, was his ugliness. I watched him all night, marvelling in the way he was totally unaffected by his bustling surroundings, still blinking rapidly and hovering in the corner. Suddenly he was gone, and not one person noticed.  That evening I came to the conclusion that he was the most interesting person in the room.

"... To assemble material for a history of ugliness is funnier than to make a history of beauty, because beauty is, in some way, boring. Even if its concept changes through the ages, nevertheless, a beautiful object must always follow certain rules. A beautiful nose should be no longer or shorter than any given measure. On the contrary, an ugly nose can be as long as the one of Pinocchio, as big as the trunk of an elephant, or like the beak of an eagle, and so on. Ugliness is unpredictable, and offers an infinite range of possibilities."
- Umberto Eco

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