2005 - 6th Grade 5th Place:
Robert Argo II, New York
TRUTH VERSUS BEAUTY
Truth and beauty are two subjects that
are both similar and different from each other depending on one's
personal opinions. According to Webster's Dictionary, "truth
is the state of character of being true." "Beauty is
the quality of a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses."
One way that beauty is different from truth is that beauty can
lie but truth cannot. For example, a person can look at a popular
magazine and see what the latest trends in fashion and make-up
are. When applied, it covers up the real person that they are
and given another, outwardly impression to those who see him or
her. A physically beautiful person can change the way he or she
looks and think all is well. But that is not how others see the
person, therefore that person's beauty isn't real, or truthful.
Although you can't see the truth, you can hear it and feel it.
You can hear truth by hearing another person's words that you
believe in. you can feel truth by feeling good about yourself
after having told the truth or feeling guilt about a situations
that won't go away. Truth is important to me for several reasons.
If I am aware of a problem, I need to reveal the truth to someone
who I trust to help. Truth may be more important than beauty.
Truth is always real and can sometimes have beauty. Or it is?
My opinion of true beauty is Niagara Falls. It is one of the seven
natural wonders of the world, naturally formed and is beautiful
to my eye. Therefore, because there is nothing man-made about
its beauty, it is a form of true beauty. Truth is important everyday
within the world. If two people are in a court of law and the
truth is not spoken by one or the other, the wrong person might
have to deal with uncertain consequences. I definitely think truth
is important and I always try to be truthful.
Beauty is a different subject. One can see and hear beauty. For
example, beauty can be seen in someone or someplace that is beautiful
to another's eye. Beauty can be heard in a favorite song, or in
a loved ones voice or with a familiar sound, like the waves of
the ocean coming ashore on the beach. In the case of a blind person
who can not see, he or she "sees" beauty in a much different
way than those with sight. A blind person's sense of beauty depends
on his or her sense of hearing, smell, touch and taste but not
a visual sense. I know that all are not blind, but what would
happen if the entire population had to go a while month without
mirrors? With no mirrors, we'd present ourselves to our friends
and neighbors in our "truest" form. Would they still
think us as beautiful as we think we are when we take the time
to fuss in the mirror?
I appreciate true beauty very much. It can be the purring of my
cat as I gently pet her, or it can be the warmth of my mother's
voice greeting me as I get off of the bush each day after school,
or even the warm and wonderful smells coming from the kitchen
daily that assure me that my family will all be home soon together
for dinner. The beauty of truth comes after confiding in my father.
Because I love him, I can depend on what he tells me to the be
In my opinion, truth is real and cannot be changed. As the saying
goes, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Truth
and beauty may or may not share similarities. Truth is more important
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