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The Beauty in Ugliness (Perspectives)

Updated on June 19, 2013

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What and Who are the Perspectives?

The Perspectives is a group of writers in HubPages. On the 15th of each month they share their similar and/or dissimilar perspectives on a specific topic.

This month’s topic is ‘Beauty’. July’s topic will be 'Bigotry'.

All writers of HubPages are invited to share their perspectives on any one or more of the topics on our list. Send an email to any of The Perspectives, choose a topic or three, then stick to the rules...

The idea behind this series called Perspectives is explained in a hub published by the founder of the group, MickeySr:

  • Perspectives: An Introduction
    What we think and how we feel about things is defined, not by the things themselves, but by our perspective of things. Everything that comes before us is filtered through our perception of things...

The Perspectives

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I believe that all people are born with a perfect sense of beauty. However, as they grow their sense becomes a ‘perception’ determined by personal preference and prejudice. Consequently the saying: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

For the past 30 days I have been contemplating beauty with all my senses and realized for the umpteenth time how difficult it is to write about something that is taken for granted.

Beauty is something we take for granted.

So I’ve decided to contemplate ugliness, but to my surprise I could not see any ugliness, except what was hidden in the soul of some humans, manifesting in their evil deeds.

Finally I have decided to share my perspective on the beauty in so-called ugliness.

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A Dead Tree

A dead tree could hardly be described as 'beautiful', and yet it is the epitome of character. Etched against the sky, or assembled on the ground, it reminds us of Time - the time creatures have the privilege to be alive in order to fulfil a specific purpose.

The tree was alive, maybe for many-many years, and it has fulfilled its purpose in spite of floods, droughts or whatever bad weather it had to endure. Still, being dead, it is a piece of art to admire, a home for birds and insects, or wood for a required fire.

When I see a dead tree I ponder over my own life. Am I fulfilling my purpose and will I still mean something when I am no longer alive?

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Ugly remains of buildings are certainly not a compliment to their environment, yet they are beautiful monuments, reminding us of the most precious asset people have the privilege to own or rent.

When I see the ruins of houses, I know those walls once gave shelter to families. A feeling of awe often overwhelms me, knowing that those walls are the most reliable keeper of secrets on this planet.

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In this epitome of total desolation I can see the beauty in death, or rather the beauty in what seems to be dead. I know that things – living creatures – are alive in the sand, and that the sand, completely powerless in their own being, is nevertheless a powerful opposing force for a greater force, the wind. Personalizing the wind, I see it as an artist creating beautiful structures with sand.

When I experience the majesty of a desert, I realize in awe that I am but only a very tiny and mortal creature on this planet, having the privilege to like, love and appreciate everything I can see, hear, smell, taste and sense.

Evidence of disaster...

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How can the ugly evidence of natural disasters be beautiful? Because I can see the power of the most awesome forces beyond the jurisdiction of us mortal humans. I can once again realize my own inabilities and mortality.

I can see God in the evidence of disaster.

Knowing the history of Earth and the determination of all that is alive to survive, I can live on, knowing that all damage will be restored or re-created not only by people, but especially by Nature under the jurisdiction of God.

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Graves and Cemeteries

Graves and cemeteries make me sad and emotional exhausted, yet they have a bewitching beauty I cannot ignore. Strolling from grave to grave, reading all the names and epitaphs, knowing that I am walking over the decomposed bodies of people who were once alive, is a spiritual experience I cannot describe with words. Any sign of grave-desecration, or negligence, breaks my heart.

In a cemetery I can clearly sense and understand ‘respectfulness’. Even if we cannot like or love a person, whether they are alive or dead, we can, may, must held them in respect. I realize in a cemetery that respect for life and death – for whatever or whomever exist – is in fact an instinctive human ability, but easily smothered by our selfish needs and urges.

Wide stark spaces

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Even in what many may call 'ugly', there is beauty to be discovered and appreciated. In time I will add more beautiful ugliness to this hub.

Our topic for July is BIGOTRY and writers of HubPages are invited as guest writers. Just contact one of the Perspectives in order to become acquainted with our policy and procedures.

Autumn in the Bushveld, North West Province, South Africa

Now this is indisputably beautiful - © Martie Coetser
Now this is indisputably beautiful - © Martie Coetser

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    • MartieCoetser profile imageAUTHOR

      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      DDE, thank you so much for your supportive comment. This video is another proof of the beauty we would miss when we fail to look beyond the outside -

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The Beauty in Ugliness (Perspectives) a great hub and one can't be judged by the way they look on the outside what is inside a person is a the bigger part of them. One of your best hubs voted up and useful.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      suzettenaples, I am so glad you enjoyed this perspective of mine. Always nice to see you in my corner :)

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      What an interesting take on beauty. You have found the beauty in what most people would consider ugly. All these photos, even of the most desolate ones, do have a beauty. What you say is so true, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and our perspective toward it. What a great series you writers have come up with. You show us different ways of looking at the most common ideas.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      glassvisage, thank you. Seeing the so-called 'ugliness' also as a memory or a reminder of lasting power sounds terrific :)

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      6 years ago from Northern California

      Great idea for a Hub! A lot of these things seem to be old or once beautiful. To me that's beautiful in its lasting power and in how it goes remains a memory or a great influence.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Bobbi, I like those words: "Beauty still echoes from the past to be seen and heard again." Beautiful! Thank you!

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      6 years ago from Florida

      What a prodigious job everyone has done in this stimulating hub. I really enjoyed reading this one.

      I love driftwood and in the past made some very lovely planters in my yard with it. So alive or dead---beauty still echoes from the past to be see and heard from again.

      Have a great summer.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Epi, so good to see you in my corner for a change. Yes, I can see the ugliness in people, and also in myself, but I prefer to focus on the beauty. People - their souls - are like gardens. Feed the beautiful flowers and trees, give them water, let the weed die. Not easy, as you know weed are hardy and able to steal the food and water of beautiful plants. But if we see love as food for beauty, we know ugliness don't eat/drink love.

      Oh, it is 1:00am down here - my time to turn into a philosopher going on and on and on.

      Epi, I am going to buy your 'Romance' as soon as I have the energy for Amazon....

      In the meantime, take care. Hugs to you and yours :)

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      6 years ago

      Well Martie I see a lot of ugly in people, thankfully it is also redeemed by so much beauty in people too - but as my dad used to say People are people and I say - people make it or break it. I suppose it's just nature's way and there are 3 variables that we can never change in life - human nature, mother nature (weather) and time itself.

      Thank you for always inspiring me with your provocative style and I can certainly relate to much of what you said here - no doubt because of my heightened perception as a writer myself as I often see and hear things that many other people don't.

      I will see you on FB with a most enthusiastic and appreciative post and link and thank you as always my magnificent Martie for your support of my writing and your eternal friendship as well.

      Sending to you 3 Canadian hugs from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel and we are finally in the thick of summer now and the holiday weekend is ahead with Canada Day on Monday.

      lake erie time 2:03pm

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ livingsta – I like the way you state the fact that each and every person has an inner beauty. I would compare it with a music instrument, and then what we see would be the musician able or not able to play the instrument. Thanks for sharing your perceptive.

      @ Genna East – I am thrilled to know that you, too, know that feeling of respect one gets when contemplating those graves. Respect mixed with compassion. It does not matter who the person was, the fact that they were alive and that they had to deal with the good and bad Life has in stock for all of us, make them truly our fellow-man. I feel sad when I realize that a person had died young and didn’t have the opportunity to achieve what Life offers us all to achieve; I feel more contented when I realize that a person did have more than enough years to make the best of their life, whatever their best might have been. The latter doesn’t really matter, although it matters when we evaluate the achievements – or lack of it – of people who are still alive. Thanks for your supportive comment ;)

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Sueswan – Always good to see you in my corner. Thanks for your comment, votes and sharing :)

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You bring a fascinating perspective to the concepts of ugliness and beauty. The segment on Graves and Cemeteries really moved me. I recently took a long-time friend who was visiting me to our local, rural cemetery to visit my family gravesite. I have always shared your views on cemeteries, but that day was kind of a revelation. The cemetery is quite old, with graves dating back to the 18th century. My friend and I were amazed at the different types of headstones, names and dates of those who lived and walked the same earth as we do today, only centuries earlier. Like us, they had dreams, loves, misfortunes and heartaches. The respect we felt for each of them I still hold in my heart today. Wonderful hub, Martie.

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      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful perspective Martie. I agree with all your perspectives here. Beauty does not lie in what we see but there is something inside called the inner beauty that we need to feel.

      Voted up and sharing. Have a great week ahead :-)

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      6 years ago

      Hi Martie

      "I can see God in the evidence of disaster." If we look with our hearts and not only our eyes we can see through the ugliness and discover the hidden beauty.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Have a good week

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ Sunshine625 – So wonderful to know we are on the same page :)

      @ Vellur – I always appreciate your visits and comments. Thanks :)

      @ teaches12345 – Your opinion counts. Thank you :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      You have made us think of how beauty can be seen in even what appears dead or without form. I love your philosophical approach.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      A great write and a unique perspective of beauty. Beauty can be seen if different things and in different ways. Interesting read and great thoughts here. Voted up.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      SAA...As usual I like the way you think. I also look for the beauty even if the ugly has the upper hand :)

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Peg, I have seen the most beautiful quotes on graves. Next time I go for a stroll through a cemetry, I am going to take pictures of them all. Thanks for the visit :)

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      I like that you see beauty in so many unconventional things. That is truly a beautiful perspective. Cemetaries are a great measure that tells us what we have done that will be remembered. One of the first quotes I ever memorized was from my Grandfather's headstone: "I have fought a good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith." I always thought that was beautiful.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Nell, thanks for agreeing with me and for sharing. Hugs :)

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      This was wonderful Martie, and yes so true. We often don't see the beauty in the 'ugliness' of things, but if we see it in perspective then it makes sense, and the dead tree in winter is typical of that. Voted up and shared, nell

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ drbj - Thank you so much for your heart-warming comment. You made me wish I could pull you through the screen and give you a smack of a hug (xxxxx) Have a good day, my dear drbj :)

      @ MsDora - Indeed, what was, is and will be again. History has proven this as a fait accompli. Thank you so much for coming by :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      A really piece! Calls us all to reflect that our lives cannot be judged except by One who has all the facts-what was, what is and what will be. Voted Up!

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Your thoughts are profound, your words are prophetic, and your photos, Martie, are individual works of art. With this exceptional view of the beauty in ugliness, you have shared your ingenious perception of the subject with your subjects - your devoted readers. Brava, m'dear.

      And Up!

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Gypsy, so wonderful to know you agree with me :) Thanks for passing this on.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and awesome. The pics were just great and I agree on two things especially deserts are great places to explore and cemeteries are mysterious places to wander about and there is much to see. Enjoyed and passing this on.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ Jools99 – Thanks. I also learn al lot from your hubs. Have a good day, Jools :)

      @ Vickiw – After I have read your hub, stating that beauty is harmony, I really understand why I get lyrical over the merest – even a boring gravel road in the middle of Nowhere, framed with plants of all sorts, is beautiful in my eyes.... until I see litter, or anything that spoils the harmony. Harmony could be the only reason why anything is beautiful. (Thinking about lice on roses, parasites on plants....) But then, sometimes there is disharmony, and looking past it we can still see beauty. (Thinking about deformities, wounds and scars, and all those junk you have mentioned in your hub.) Thanks, Vicki :)

      @ always exploring – Now that is one of my very favorites since the age of 10. A beautiful golden oldie. Thanks for assuring me you are okay, Ruby. As long as we are still able to pretend that everything is okay (making believe) we are okay. Hugs to you :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

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      6 years ago

      Here I am, really late to your party, dear Sista, but you know why! This is truly beautiful, and tells me why we feel on the same page. I do not see ugliness in any of your beautiful photos, only the beauty of harmony in whatever context they are found. I always admire the complexity and passion in your Hubs, and this is a true example of that. Super job, Martie!

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ ImKarn - I too, find new birth out of apparent deadness extremely fascinating, like the new, fresh, green growth out of a piece of pitch-black burnt earth. I am still searching for an appropriate picture. Might take some myself, as it is now winter down here - the dreadful time of veld-fires. But cometh spring, cometh new growth.

      @ d.william - Thank you so much for your visit and very kind comment :)

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Martie, thanks for your comprehensive reply to my comment - I learn so much from your hubs (and your comments) about your country - I hope too that the cultural shifts will correct themselves in time. Cemeteries should be peaceful places.

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      6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      What a beautiful article. It takes a special person to be able to see the beauty in ugliness. a brilliant idea for a hub, and beautiful pictures to accompany the words.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      If one can appreciate the beauty in what 'appears' or is 'accepted' to be ugly, imagine what one can do with true beauty!

      i love your perspective, Martie - and the unique angle from which you broached it.

      I saw the beauty through your eye, and couldn't agree more. We as humans need to look much deeper...into many things..

      ps..i love the parched earth where little tufts of determined life are borne in the cracks of death!

      so awesome!

      sharing on..

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ fpherj48 – Lol! Can’t help but feel sorry for poor Mickey – at the mercy of wild cats like us. All his life he was pampered and spoiled, you know, and now he is all cock of the walk.... ? Of course, to be torn in pieces.... Fortunately Pixie is there to dry his tears...

      Thanks for the laugh, fpher :)

      @ hawaiianodysseus – Have you noticed that the most attractive men tend to marry a Plain Jane? This is quite a truth to be explored :) Always nice to see you, hawaiin :)

      @ always exploring – Oh, I’ve had my winters, summers, springs and autumns, and each of them had a special purpose, including all the unique emotions we need in order to move on to the next season. Last year this time I was spring, now I am summer, with just as many flowers but more greens and fruit.... I hope this summer will last for many years. But then, when Autumn comes, I will not die... (unless a tree falls on me). Love you, Twin!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Martie, what struck me the most is the picture of the leafless tree, not pretty, but come spring it will once again bare beautiful flowering blooms. That's how i feel about life. We may lose our perspective's, then one day we again see beauty in the most mundane circumstance. I think we both have found this to be true. Thank you for a lovely hub filled with ugly truths and beauty....

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      The most fascinating beauties I have known all had cosmetic flaws. Ugly is the new beautiful!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      YEAH! MICKEY Sr.... What DO you mean, "TRY to be clever!!?" Our Miss Martie is cleverness in the flesh.....magically clever.....profoundly clever!! Aren't you GRATEFUL she sees beauty in ugly?

      Just look at this incredibly masterful HUB! Martie you are a Champion....

      (Maria, I'm just beginning to understand all those "things" you say about Mr. Mickey!!.......LOL)

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Faith - what a lovely comment! Almost 1:00am down year, and for some reason sleep avoids me again.... I am so glad you could see the Beauty in so-called ugliness. Enjoy your grands! Online friends know their place on the priority list :))))

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Martie,

      Oh my goodness, this is one profound write here! What an amazing perspective here, "Beauty in Ugliness", and what a great truth you have written here.

      The "ugly" things you have written and exhibited here are truly beautiful and I am just blown away at your beautiful insight as to the beauty in "ugliness" which is truly not in existence, except for those instances you have pointed out.

      The imagery and your photos are stunningly beautiful, and thank you for sharing them here with us all.

      I am sorry I am so late in commenting, as I have my grands with me for several days.

      All I know is that for one to recognize such beauty, one's heart and mind must truly be beautiful . . . and you are just that . . . beautiful.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      @ MickeySr – What do you mean, ‘try to be’ – I was born clever. And this is a good thing to know when I look at the pictures of beautiful, everlasting brides :)

      I am thrilled to know that the title of my hub intrigued you and more thrilled because you, too, can see the beauty in what could be classified as ‘ugly’.

      @ bravewarrior – Good to know I’ve made you smile – of course, because you could relate. When I read your hub I realized (again) that we are on the same page.

      @ Pamela99 – I almost said ugliness is indeed a different type of beauty, but then I remembered the ugliness created by people – littering, destruction through violence and negligence, etc. Always good to see you in my corner :)

      @ Docmo – Sometimes I feel quite awkward, getting lyrical about things that don’t even attract the attention of others. Thanks for ensuring me that I am not the only one who sees beauty in dead trees.

      @ AliciaC – A compliment from you is a feather in my hat, because you are truly one of the best writers in HubPages. Thank you.

      @ Becky Katz – So nice to see you! When we look with the heart and not only skin-deep with the eye, the beauty we see is indescribable. I know people like those you have mentioned. They are everywhere. Of course, for us to distinguish between beauty and ugliness. I appreciate your visit tremendously, thank you, Becky :)

      @ marcoujor – I knew you would see the beauty in all these pictures. Yes, the masks Mickey wear in his efforts to scare us, is something to write about. Thanks for being such a wonderful friend, Maria :)

      @ btrbell – The pictures I have seen of Israel – the evidence of contentious war – bombarded buildings, wrecks of army vehicles, etc. versus pictures of striving kibbutzim, made a deep impression on me.

      Jewish women have a unique beauty, but so does Italian women, Chinese women, and actually all women, and even men. Also interesting to observe is the aging of different nations. For instance, French women age beautiful according to Hollywood standards, while the Hollanders not, and so on. If I did not know I would step on a million toes, I would have written a hub about this very topic. It’s all in the genes….

      @ mckbirdbks – I am always in awe of Nature, and I don’t even know the names of all the trees I see, not to talk about all the grasses – 64 different types in our local, small nature reserve alone! Too much to know, not enough time to learn everything in depth. But certainly enough time to simply appreciate the beauty in everything we see-hear-smell-touch-sense.

      @ Jools99 – So wonderful to know I am not the only one who categorize cemeteries under ‘beauty’. I am very sad about the fact that our cemeteries are terribly neglected by our current government, and in particular by the municipalities. In the previous regime, however unfair it was with its Apartheid laws, cemeteries were properly maintained. Now they have all excuses – money has to be spent on more important projects, such as housing for the poor. BUT, if the mayor and manager of every municipality donate only 5% of their ridiculous salary in aid of cemetery maintenance, the ‘Cape will again be Hollands’ (A saying we used to say instead of ‘everything will be okay again’.

      Please, don’t see this as a racist remark, but as a fact to be proved untrue: Western cultures have a sense of aesthetics that is totally absent in modern African cultures. The latter have lost theirs – which was in fact beautiful – during their development in a world ruled by Western cultures. Maybe the pride and dignity of their ancestors might reincarnate again. Nowadays it is quite dangerous down here to be in a cemetery if you are not part of a group. It is actually dangerous to be alone in one’s own garden....

      Anyway, don’t let me ruin this hub with negative information. Thanks, Jools, for your supportive comment.

      @ tillsontitan - Oh, I am still not over your beautiful contribution. Thanks for you lovely comment.. :)

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      This hub is majestic in all it's realizations and recognitions! The photos are amazing and really bring to light the beauty in all things. You are so creative and have surprised many with your title I am sure. Your hub however, reeks of beauty. The presence of God and beauty in all things.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Martie, really enjoyed this, especially your thoughts on cemeteries/graveyards. I walk through my local cemetery every morning to meet my mam and sister for our morning walk. I pass my grandparent's grave and my great-aunt's grave on my way through and like you, I get very annoyed when I see damage and litter as I pass through. I also like to ponder on the fact that most of my ancestors are buried there and I feel a great peace then- I am still here to remember and respect them and for that, I am very grateful :o) I find the cemetery beautiful, not at all ugly .

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      How shrewd of you to select the grandeur of nature as your central theme. There can be no question that our small place in nature leaves us in awe of the majesty. Your contribution to the photo decorations are terrific. This is the first of this months Perspectives published today. (But not the last.)

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      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful, Martie! I was just contemplating human beauty the other day. When I lived in Israel, I became acquianted with Yemen women. At first glane, their features were very sharp and their noses very large. They looked like what may have been described as homely when I was growing up. I began to appreciate and admire their amazing, unique beauty. It has taught me so much! Thank you for putting this in perspective! up+++ and sharing!

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Martie,

      I found everyone of your photographs to be exquisitely beautiful.

      I love your philosophy of finding beauty in ugliness...Gosh knows we do month after month with " our Mickey" (LOL)!

      This writing was philosophical, thought provoking and most inspirational.

      Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Martie, this is wonderful. I was raised in the high desert area of Nevada. Many have said that it was so ugly, but they do not know it. Beauty abounds there if you just look. Beauty does not just exist in the external.

      One of the ugliest people I know is physically beautiful. Her soul is ugly though and it shines right through. One of the most beautiful people I know is physically ugly, but the beauty of the soul shines out of her face and her heart. The love and caring make her absolutely breathtaking. Thank you for pointing out the beauty that people do not look for.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a beautiful hub, Martie. Like all your Perspectives hubs, it has started me thinking about my own life. Beauty can be found in some very unusual places! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      Martie- what a wonderful hub with a wonderful message. I am like you, I see beauty in everything from an elegant flower to a dead tree bark. Your beautiful photo essay captures this message so well... A philosophical, arty, thought provoking hub. Awesome!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I think this hub is very clever as when you look even at those bleak pictures I don't see ugliness, but just a different type of beauty. A tree without leaves is a time of rest, a change in seasons and maybe a hope of seeing bright green little leaves in the Spring, but surely not ugly. I think this is a thought-provoking hub and enjoyed the twist on beauty.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Martie, this is such a pleasant surprise with regard to beauty. You're absolutely right - all things are beautiful in what they signify and the life that was beheld in prior years.

      Very thought provoking hub. I found myself smiling throughout the entire article!

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      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      'A dead tree' & 'ruins' . . . I love this - when I first saw your title I thought 'how clever is she going to try to be', but the simple, observable beauty of a dead tree against a stark sky and the ancient stories in another time's ruins among the earth's overgrowth - brilliant and beautiful.


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