What Is More Important, Beauty Or Intelligence?

What Is More Important, Beauty Or Intelligence?

You can put on makeup to be beautiful, but if you are ugly on the inside, all you can do is eat it. -Audery Hepburn

In the battle of brains versus beauty, which one takes the gold? A movie that recently came out that I went to see with my mother is “The Neon Demon.” My mother and I went to an early showing and ended up to be the only ones in the movie theater, which meant we could have loud reactions to any part of the movie and no one would find us obnoxious. The film was about a girl Jessie from Georgia that moves to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career as a model. She lost her family and enters the world of modeling abruptly and harshly. Jessie is only 16 years old but pretends to be 19 years old in order to receive more work from modeling agencies. She is introduced graciously by a makeup artist Ruby. Jessie also encounters two models, Gigi and Sarah, that see Jessie’s beauty and youthfulness as a threat to their own success. These models have gone through drastic measures to maintain their ageless beauty, such as countless procedures of plastic surgery. Jessie, in the beginning of the film, explains that she is blessed to be beautiful, given that she believes that she has no real talent to offer the world. She knows her physicality gives her the ability to provide for herself. She starts off as a very kind character who knows that she is gorgeous but does not use it spitefully or malevolently towards others. Her persona soon changes when she gets a taste of the spotlight when she is the closing act of the fashion show. She believes that women would kill for her beauty and that she does not need others in her life and can gain absolutely anyone she desires due to her remarkable looks. She soon comes to a rude awakening when her vanity takes over and flaunts her new-found confidence to the other women which ends in her demise.

The film “The Neon Demon” touches on important issues that if you would take the time to further analyze the film, you would see that the issues discussed in the film are issues found in our society. “ The Neon Demon” touches on the fact that women are envious of other women, whether it being for how successful they are or how pretty they are. In society, women may still feel as though they need to compete with one another in order to get ahead in the world, whether it being intelligence or beauty. Another issue the film discusses is that beauty is a commodity and can be replaced in an instant. In society, it seems as though once a woman turns a certain age she is not as vibrant as she once was, and now, her significance is now diminished. There is so much pressure to be as youthful as possible because youthfulness in society is new, shiny and eye-catching. There were several other issues that were directed in the film, but the issue that struck with me was that if a woman is pretty that is all she will ever be and that is all she’s worth- your beauty determines your success in the world and how many people want to associate with you. In the film, the male, modeling talent director states that men only put in their time to women that are beautiful. He said that you can distinguish between artificial beauty and natural beauty. This statement can be seen to be true for the most part. From a young age, girls are pressured to be beautiful and products are used to enhance a girl’s beauty, which is being advertised through the internet, television, movie, magazines and social media. In every advertisement, a woman is perfectly groomed, from head to toe, and she seems to have a great life and appears to be the utmost happy person. It is giving the notion that if girls look better, they will be treated better and will have better lives and be happier in the long run.

Intelligence, hands down, is more important than beauty. Intelligence can inspire you to be a better person and educate yourself about the world around you and how to make it a better place. Intelligence never fades. Intelligence is inner beauty. Intelligence is not all about gaining knowledge. You have to consider emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is to know your own emotions and others’ emotions and reason with these emotions in a functional way. Beauty is important, don’t get me wrong; because if you look nice, it gives you confidence in yourself. On the other hand, beauty will never withstand intelligence and compassion, because without intelligence and compassion, our world would have no purpose.
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Making Your Life A Happy One, Even If You've Forgotten Who You Are

You don't find the happy life, you make it.

It's so easy to forget who we are when we're constantly running around writing essay after essay and meeting with this group for that project and trying to complete all the assignments in between. College is one of those places where you can find yourself one day and completely lose yourself the next. In some ways, there's beauty in this, that you can be someone new each and every day but in the moment it can be frustrating to feel like you're regressing from the person you were yesterday.

Along with losing myself and forgetting who I am quite often, I've noticed I forget that I am so young a lot. I'm only 18 years old. I have lifetimes ahead of me and sometimes I notice that I feel like this is the summation of my life, obviously untrue. I think we get so caught up in trying to control every part of our lives that we forget that this is still our youth and it's okay to not take things so seriously and its equally as okay to do things you want to do, just because you want to. It's so very important at this stage of life to make time for things that make us happy, make time for personal growth and becoming the person you want to be, and trying new things.

A lot of people become numb to the emotions and experiences life places in front of them every single day, I've personally caught myself doing this in the past, which is one of the worst things someone can do. You're missing out on your own life, day in and day out, simply because you're not experiencing it you're just coasting through it. This is such a terrible way to live each and every day, especially in a stage of life where new things and people are coming your way every single day.

It is so important to actually live, not just exist.

Too often we find ourselves overwhelmed and taken over by the stressors of the world, our mind forcing us to miss out on everything around us. But, I encourage you to see your life for what it really is. Find beauty in your every day and the little things that surround you. Maybe that beauty is found in the birds that sing every morning outside your dorm window or maybe the cute text your best friend sent you this afternoon; wherever you find your beauty I encourage you to find it. Life becomes so beautiful when we look at all the things we enjoy in life, look at your life like its beautiful.

And if you can't find any beauty, which would be almost impossible, it's never too late to completely rearrange your life. Switch something up. Try something new. Live your absolute best life, because at the end of the day the one who has to be absolutely in love with it is you.

You don't find the happy life, you make it.

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You Must First Learn How To Save Yourself

They are not the light at the end of the tunnel, you are.

People gravitate towards one another when they believe they will find solace in that other person. While this can sometimes be true, more often than not, when two damaged people come together, they realize it is not enough. They have been torn, stabbed, shrunk by someone else and the solutions they are seeking only causes more toxic fumes to leak out. They seek more from the other person than that person can give. People expect rainbows and butterflies and when something goes wrong they don't wanna put in the work to try and fix it.

No one person can save you, you have to help yourself first and then if someone special comes along, they can add to you, but you can’t expect prince charming to come and rescue you from the dragon.

They are not your answer, they are not the light at the end of the tunnel, you are.

Many times when people fall into a depression of not knowing who they are or what they want out of their life at that point, they try to find someone to “fix” it. Whether it be a broken bone or broken heart, we all fall down from different triggers. Unfortunately, this is a common theme in those who are down in life. If they are let down by someone they acquired strong emotional attachments to they go into a sort of depression.

When we are in love with someone we often fall into a cycle; this is why love gets so comfortable. The problem with these cycles is that you get so comfortable you don’t notice if something is wrong and if/when you do realize, you choose to ignore it. Rupi Kaur writes in her poetry collection, "Milk and Honey," “Neither of us is happy but neither of us wants to leave, so we keep breaking one another and calling it love”. These cycles are the reason toxic relationships exist. Love, fight, break up, get back together and so on.

From personal experience, I know that it is way easier said than done to get away from all that. Change is scary and when you get into a rhythm with that person, breaking that chain is difficult. Love is like a drug. That other person. The person who makes them feel safe and happy even if the bad times outweigh the good. When those bad times happen, it’s not that we don’t see it, maybe we just choose to look past them. We get so addicted to having that other person that people can go through literal withdrawal from that specific person if they decide to leave. Especially in relationships or close friendships where they end poorly and you can go from seeing a person 24/7 to not seeing them at all.

A person cannot save you.

We are all human and need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of another person.

It’s like on the airplanes when the oxygen masks come down and you’re supposed to put yours on first and then help those around you. We cannot expect another person to put our mask on for us. We must learn to take care of ourselves before we can help others.

From someone who spent many years in a relationship that I later found out was partly with me because he was convinced he needed to be. I was set free when he finally got up the nerve to leave and I realized how to love myself.

In the great words of Nayyirah Waheed “You not wanting me was the beginning of me wanting myself. Thank you.”

This quote radiates through my mind every time I start to think about how I could be better with a man but that is simply not true. Since then, I have learned how to love myself and start spreading that love to others. I learned that you can not count on one person to be the source of your happiness, you must make sure you love yourself first.

Dear you,

Fall in love with yourself just like you fell in love with him. You are going to be so much more than “enough” for someone someday. When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don’t get to decide you didn’t. You can walk past and steal a glance, but don't stare. Don't let them know they hurt you, don't let them in. If you treat them like a king or queen but they prefer to be a peasant then let them go feed the pigs instead. You have a full ballroom awaiting your arrival.

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