By "favoring the beautiful", I meant to neglect those who aren't, not to despise beauty. Sometimes we can artificially surround ourselves with who and what we perceive to be healthy and beautiful ... and miss the greater beauty of humility.
Very true and I appreciate your mind, here. However, it’s really nice to find/encourage a good balance of humbleness and confidence in others and for oneself.
But along with the aspects of beauty, humility has facets, too. Some of those facets are not seen as virtuous to everyone: Such as the concept of freedom, tolerance, temperance, equality, etc.
You seem to be referring to religious hatred (which is rightfully criticized where it is to be found).
No, not religious hatred. Intolerance. Religion may be the unifier of a group of people, and they may use religion to back them up, but I wouldn’t say that their religion is what drives them or else they’d embrace the examples of love and tolerance within those same doctrines. I’m speaking along the terms of behaviors such as fear, envy, jealousy, prejudice, and systems like elitism and fascism, that do reject others for superficial reasons or for personal gain.
But among the religious who deems beauty as equal to pride, or despises beauty? I can't seem to grasp a real example of what you're alluding to
Other than Lucifer?
I personally feel that God loves each of us and finds us all beautiful in our own way. It’s people who like to equate outward beauty with pride. Anything can be taken too far, and some people feel beauty is something that needs to be constantly preened or forcibly kept under wraps or made plain, again, to keep things under control, like lust or competition. Haven’t you ever heard someone say, “She thinks she is so hot.” There’s probably some sort of personal issues or insecurities going on.
Taking too much pride in one’s appearance is not only a religious faux pas, but the focus of many mythological symbolisms as well, which led to the psychological term: Narcissist.
anyway, there’s all kinds of shallow aspects to beauty, but I think most know there’s so much more to beautiful, just like life.
On Darwin: I don’t think he accounted for eccentrically unique behaviors of humans. We fall in love with people who have no arms or no legs. No hair or tons of it. Big and tiny people. Many of us are drawn to opposites on the opposite side of the earth with opposite colored skin. We don’t want to “voluntarily correct” them, because we love them just as they are. And we don’t always want to have kids. He lost me when he made natural selection something too convenient. Maybe the whole "survival of the fittest" was more like “how far can I get from here to find me somebody else?” I know someone ventured out, risking ridicule, ostracization, death and dismemberment to embrace different. Or maybe they were just too tired to go back.