“Beauty and Brains” is a cliché that’s used to define Women. Men use it to describe what they feel about the feminine gender; some women also use it to define other women. Is the cliché a right one? I will leave that to you to determine.
To put it into context, there are women who thrive solely on the strength of their beauty and bodily endowment. But then, there are lots of hard working women who are equally as beautiful and also bodily endowed. In order to categorise the different groups, certain people (and I suspect they were men) came up with this cliché; “Beauty and Brains”.
Point 1; what cliché defines Men? What if we also apply “Handsome and Brainy”. Nope, it does not sound catchy. What if we add “Hard work” to it. The thing to note is that humans should be careful about giving labels and tags.
Point 2; I know a lot of hard working women. I also know women who thrive on beauty alone. I equally know some men that thrive on body features alone; I think the term for them is “Gigolo” (lol). Okay, even if we decide to categorise men and women, there is a third category that is missing: Good Heart.
I know few people who are beautiful (and handsome) and Brainy but wicked. For them, the end justifies the means and humans can be treated as “things”. I also know a lot of people, and I believe that most of us know them, who are beautiful, brainy and also possess a good heart.
They seek to achieve their goals without taking advantage of others. Will it not be unfair not to add a third column to the categorization, so that the latter group can be differentiated from the former?
The modern whole tends to focus overtly on the result without taking thoughts of the process by which the result is achieved. “Result is everything” they say. Is result really everything? I often ask people when we have this discussion.
Each person is entitled to his opinions though but for me, as much as I am result-oriented, I care about the process and the consequences of our decisions on fellow humans.
On a scale of bad to worst; “beauty alone” is the worst; this applies to men and women. If all a person depends upon to succeed in life is their bodily endowment, it is almost impossible to be good-hearted.
You might come across as a good person but you will have to forcefully grab or squeeze other people’s opportunities using your endowment. You will have to cross many moral red-lines to achieve your desired success.
Someone asks: What about “Brains without Beauty?” That category does not exist. Beauty abides in the eyes of the beholder.
Next to “Beauty alone” are the folks that are “Beauty, Brainy but without a good heart”. For me, this scenario is worse but not the worst. Each person ought to carry out a personal re-assessment of the values we hold dear; making other humans worse-off while achieving our own targets is the same as intentional destruction of the fabrics of humanity.