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This blog celebrates the beauty of Asian men by illustrating the depth and variety that is so often missed by those who make foolish statements like "All Asians look the same." It is primarily a photo blog, but I will also occasionally write comments related to Asian men and gay life as it relates to them.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Be Beautiful



I love this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
A good reminder to me that, in all my actions and dealings with others, I should strive to be a beautiful person inside. We love viewing external beauty, and this blog celebrates that fact. But when I think of those in my life that I treasure, it is those whose inward beauty has reached out and touched my life. So just a challenge to myself and encouragement to my friends all around the world.... be beautiful today!






























7 comments:

Tim said...

Seen on the D.C. Metro on Friday evening: An extremely handsome Thai guy, about 22 years old. Looking out the window and reading a book. He kept sighing. His very fashionable grey slacks were somewhat tight, showing off his very nice legs and his rather (ahem) full crotch. He had on a very tight dress shirt; light grey stripes over white, very tight. His nipples were erect, and thrust through the fabric deliciously.

He got off the train at Metro Center.

As he put away his book, I realized what he was reading: "The Making of a Gay Asian Community: An Oral History of Los Angeles."

The doors closed. Too late, I realized I should have rushed off the train and grabbed him, and told him we could make a community together. Him and I.

But I was too late.

Anonymous said...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...
please dont forget this simple fact.

Kit said...

i don't know if it is the human condition to place a lot of importance on external beauty, but i suppose it is good to be reminded once in a while that what's inside matters a great deal as well. i suppose that's a cliche but nevertheless true and not to be forgotten. Thanks for the reminder!

Michael said...

Tim....
I had a similar situation a few years ago on the CTA train here in Chicago. Except the guy actually was smiling at me from a way down in a very crowded car. He got off several stops before me and obviously was hoping I would follow, but I was running way late for an appointment and just couldn't do it. *sigh

Michael said...

Anonymous....
Interestingly, that common phrase is a misquoting of Plato (or perhaps an adaptation of his thought). The passage from which it comes reads:

Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may.

Michael said...

Tim....
I certainly think it is natural to place importance on external beauty; we do that in all other areas of life, as in the beauty of art, nature, and such. But yes, a person who is beautiful in his actions toward others always improves himself, enhancing or else detracting from his natural beauty.

Anonymous said...

Michael, thanks for the awesome quote from Plato. I have used that expression a million times, and only now realize that it was meant literally in the sense of capturing the objective reality of beauty as form, and not as some sort of Derrida-inspired take on how we construct our own realities in our minds. fascinating. Thanks again.