Neither the man nor the dog in this photo could claim to be examples of physical perfection, and maybe they wouldn’t win any beauty contests, but that’s not the point, is it? The best kind of beauty comes from within, and is entirely separate from physical appearance.
I love Sid and OH dearly, because they are mine, and because I know them both well enough to see their inner beauty.
Who wants a perfectly beautiful face? Or a perfect body? Oh yes, we would all love to have them, wouldn’t we? But that type of beauty can be shallow and empty. When you love someone, their face is beautiful simply because it is theirs. Lucky indeed are those who have both a beautiful body and a beautiful soul* … but most of us have to make do with one or the other, and I know which I would rather have.
Anyway, what is more beautiful than the love and trust so clearly expressed here between members of two distinct species, who cannot ever completely communicate with each other – not fully – because of their cultural and physical differences?
And about those physical differences? Either could quite clearly kill the other, should he so wish. Sid, because as a dog he is physically superior and has a mouthful of deadly weapons, even though he is smaller and has a leg missing. OH, because he is bigger, intellectually superior and has all kinds of cunning and tricks up his sleeve.
But there they both are, totally relaxed in each other’s company, trust and love binding them in a way no kind of force or coercion ever could. And that, dear friends, is a thing of beauty.
Thanks to Claudia of Dipity Road for this weekly meme.
*That would be Johnny Depp – and no, it’s not fair, is it?