2018年英语四级美文:The Power of Beauty

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  The Power of Beauty

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  One of the most successful,

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  influential and beloved women in American history,

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  Eleanor Roosevelt once said that she had one regret:

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  she wished she had been prettier.

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  Who hasn’t felt the same way?

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  We are all too aware of our physical imperfections.

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  To overcome them,

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  we spend billions upon billions of dollars every year on cosmetics,

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  diet products, fashion, and plastic surgery.

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  Why do we care so much about how we look?

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  Because it matters.

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  Because beauty is powerful.

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  Because even when we learn to value people

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  mostly for being kind and wise and funny,

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  we are still moved by beauty.

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  No matter how much we argue against it or pretend to be immune,

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  beauty exerts its power over us.

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  There is simply no escape.

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  Aristotle said,

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  “Beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of introduction.”

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  It’s not fair, but it’s true.

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  We simply treat beautiful people better than we do others.

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  Attach a photograph of a beautiful author to an essay,

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  and people will think that is more creative and more intelligently written

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  than exactly the same essay accompanied by the photo of a homely author.

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  Our sensitivity to physical beauty is not something we can control at will.

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  We are born with it.

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  Experiments conducted by psychologist Judith J. Langlois

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  showed that even small infants prefer to look at attractive faces.

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  Before they have met a single supermodel,

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  before they have watched a single TV show,

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  before they have opened up a single fashion magazine,

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  they are drawn to the same faces which adults have judged to be attractive.

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  There are more important things in life than beauty.

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  But as Etcoff says,

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  “We have to understand beauty, or we will always be enslaved by it.”

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  If you aim to be wise and kind and funny,

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  it doesn’t mean that you can’t also try your best to look beautiful.

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  There’s no reason to feel guilty about being moved by beauty’s power.

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  It moves us all.


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