To see the beauty in yourself, you must understand the beauty of the world. A beauty that is hidden within layers of dirt and destruction, underneath all the weird and unique things that make others look down on you. True beauty is not beautiful at all for the shine can only be perceived by those that can see the ugliness of the world and still find it beautiful.
“Like a tooth missing from a child’s mouth, the fallen tree has created a gap that results in an uneven canopy.”
—Excerpted from Joan Maloof, Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests
“The medieval world was ruthless, unforgiving and pestilential. This was perhaps most clearly demonstrated in the swift and vicious trajectory of a disease throughout the known world, then described as “the Black Death.”
—Hourly History, The Black Death: A History From Beginning to End