How I Look is Not Subject to How You See

Tim Okamura - Fort Greene Girl from Bushwick Walls Serie Women in White - oil on wood panel - 20x16 in - 2007

Painted By Tim Okamura

“How do I look?”

Before I ask you that question, my first question to you would be “how do you look?”

If I don’t know how you see things, how you see me, how you think, why you choose to think the way you think, your opinions would not matter so much to me. Your opinions on how I look would be just that, your opinions, not what really is, and I would not react to it like it is the all-in-all truth about me.

If you think a well made up face makes a woman attractive, or very long hair, or an hour-glass shape, and I don’t have any of those, I’m never going to be up to standard to you. 

This should apply to every other sphere of your life too. If you are watching the news, for instance, be very conscious of the fact that Fox News would narrate occurrences or explain issues differently from MSNBC. They are not owned by members of the public, and there are private interests who want you to see things in certain ways that benefit them.

Before you take someone’s opinion on how you look, be sure that they can see, that they can really see you, and that they can see beyond whatever is before them. 

Listen to how they think you look, but be conscious of how they look, and how they see.

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