My favorite all-time TV show when I was a kid was the Twilight Zone. My brother and I would look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas because we knew that's when our local station would air the Twilight Zone Marathon so we could watch all our favorite episodes from morning till night.
I still marvel at the talent of Rod Serling, the show's creator and writer. His writing propelled viewers to look at the human condition in a different way than what was considered their ‘norm.' One episode that has stuck with me is “The Eye of the Beholder” which aired in the second season.
Maybe you've seen it. It's about a woman lying in a hospital bed with bandages on her face. She is begging the doctor to take them off in hopes that the surgery took, that she will finally be considered ‘normal'. In the end, her bandages are finally removed to reveal a beautiful woman who then bursts into tears. As her pig-faced doctors gasp in horror, we realize that the surgery didn't take and what we consider ugly in this world, in this woman's world (wherever it is), ugly is considered beautiful.
Rod Serling's closing dialogue still rings true:
“Now there's questions that come to mind: Where is this place and when is it? What kind of world where ugliness is the norm and beauty the deviation from that norm? You want an answer? The answer is: it doesn't make any difference. Because the old saying happens to be true: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In this year or a hundred years hence, on this planet or wherever there is human life, perhaps out amongst the stars, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
Interestingly, I find that the ugliness our world deals with has nothing to do with what we look like, but in how we treat one another as individuals, groups, societies and countries. Perhaps now with our world, ugliness has become the norm and finding beauty is considered doing our part in making the world a better place…whether it be through a garden patch or an adoring child. Although what you may find beautiful, another may not. But it doesn't make any difference — beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and I hope you find it within you because if you feel good about yourself, your beauty is hard to deny.