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Beauty: An ObservationQuestion: What is the largest organ of human body?
Answer: The skin.

It's a fairly well known piece of trivia, but rarely the first one to come to mind. The skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis (lit. on top of skin), dermis (lit. skin), and subcutaneous layer, or hypodermis (lit. under skin). In the skin are sensory receptors that sense heat, cold, pressure, and pain; sweat glands; arteries and veins; etc. These things, however, are all under the skin; we don’t see them. What we do see, apart from the skin, are nails and hair. Nails are made from a special type of skin that is hardened by the protein keratin. It is also found in hair.

What is even more fascinating is that nearly every part of the body that we see is dead.

The epidermis, the part of the body that we see, has roughly 5 layers of dead skin cells. The dermis, underneath the epidermis, has living skin cells. As the body produces more and more cells, each layer pushes up from underneath, and old layers die, forming the part of the body that we see. Hair and nails are basically the same. Their roots are alive, but nearly all the cells that can be observed on the outside of the body are dead.

What amazes me is that we can spend so much money, time, and effort to not only focus on this dead layer, but be attracted to it as well. Society has placed such great emphasis on the “looks” of an individual, especially women, that it is expected of people to not only pamper to the largest non-living area of the human body, but to flaunt it as well. We, as a society, are attracted to the flesh of an individual, the part of a human that is truly dead.

What’s worse is that we judge people by their “looks.” Magazines, movies, “eye candy”, situations in which you cannot know the personality of an individual—only observe the part of them that is not alive. It cannot grow, it cannot respond. At best, it only provides a silhouette of what is underneath.
The idea that beauty is only skin deep might as well be equated with finding attraction in an animated corpse. The beauty of an individual is where the life is. From the cells in which blood flow underneath the skin all the way to the heart housed deep within the body, it is what is underneath that provides for and sustains any physical attractiveness. The lungs, windpipe, vocal box, and tongue that give a woman her ability to speak, express herself, sing, or laugh. The blood cells that provide nourishment to the brain, nerves, and muscle, providing both the mechanics and coordination for a man to write a symphony and play it with dexterity. Everything that makes a person who he or she is can be attributed to that which is alive, not dead, in the body.

Most importantly, every body is only a shell to house that which produces anything of value or attractiveness. The person makes the joke, not the mouth. The mechanic fixes a car, not his hands. The skin, hair, and nails are nothing without the rest of the body—and the rest of the body is nothing without the person inside it. The eyes cannot see the person, only lust for them. The soul is what truly generates and inspires appeal.
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