“Looks can be deceiving," the old adage goes. What happens when this is applied to a person? Will he be judged? What if a person is tattooed and whose body is a piece of body art? Emotional scarification versus Physical scarification - Which is real? These are the questions this article seek to explore.
I believe that no one is or can be born perfect. Most of us are bound to have some type of flaw in ourselves; be it character flaws or physical flaws. However, Physical scarification can take various forms. Most commonly: Intentional and Natural scarification. Intentional scarification includes body art and body modifications. Natural scarification includes birth defects and birth marks on one's body. Can intentional scarification take the form of expressing oneself - desires, pain, and joy?
No one can make it through life without strife and pain. This is not a sweeping statement; but a statement we can all agree upon. This emotional and physical pain will then result in scarification of one's heart, mind, and body. Life is known to take its toll harshly and unexpectedly. Life, the harbinger of death.
More importantly, how does one define "real"? Is pain real? Or are we all stuck in some Matrix conspiracy? Emotional scarification can only be seen when the person expresses it. From the way he dresses, the way he carries himself, and the way he appears to another person. Also, his pain can be expressed through the help he seeks to relieve that burden; either through counselling or through therapy.
Just as the maxim goes, "Justice must be seen to be done," reality is predominantly determined by what meets the eye. I believe, to the contrary, that there is more than what meets the eye. I also believe that within every being there are pain or joy. Since this is a given, emotional scarification can be deemed to be real, and not a Matrix conspiracy.
Physical scarification is quite evident in itself. Res ipsa loquitor - the thing speaks for itself. What you see is what you get. What I label as scarification would include what we call skin art. Tattoos and piercings are known to have their origins amongst sailors and gangsters. Although scarifications carry a negative connotation, it is, in some cultures, for example, tattooing and piercing, are usually a rite of passage throughout one's life. Scarification need not be perceived in this negative manner.
Body art, in my opinion, ought to be held to be beautiful. The vibrant colours, the words, the images - they speak a thousand words. The desires, the pain, the joy, and the stories behind the stories. One should not judge, and it would be mostly appropriate to admire the art on one's skin and body.
This form of exhibitionism could also be an exaggerated way of expressing oneself. Perhaps this curbs one's darker impulses to cause further damage and harm to oneself and those around that person. Perhaps, this is a more direct form of reality expressed, for the person puts himself through much pain to be scarified.
Although both Emotional and Physical scarification are real, it is of my view and gnosis that Physical scarification is the more "real" form of scarification; be it Intentional or Natural. I am not saying that Emotional scars are not "real", but at first glance, it is tough to ascertain. There may be diferent levels of reality, but this form of reality, of what meets the eye, is more favourable and well, practical. The masses will always judge a person from their appearance. It is the mind, the beholder of the spirit, snaking its way around what it sees, admires, and perceives to be the truth. The truth or real Beauty, lies within the eyes of the beholder.