Human grooming by Daniel Laberge
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You’re not supposed to be ugly

If you weren't so folded,
you'd be beautiful

I'm talking mostly about your face here.
It is about six times more folded than elsewhere.
These folds are responsible for your facial traits.
You may start out as a cute kid, but the folding thickens, hardens and mars the flesh.
So your beauty diminishes, more or less rapidly.
Folds have an adverse effect on your hair, slowly preparing whitening and baldness.
They reduce your expressiveness because they hamper the action of your facial muscles. In fact, they slowly condemn you to a single facial expression.

Folds create a global effect

Don't look for the folds though, what you see is the overall deterioration.
Some are big and can be seen, but there are millions of smaller ones, so you end up getting a general impression of ugliness.
Take men in their twenties for example, you can hardly spot the folds on their faces, but what you can see is that they've lost their charm.
Your eye for beauty is only an ability to recognize healthy, unfolded skin.
Your clues include skin thickness, tension, tone, elasticity, ...

Other factors influencing your taste

A slew of other factors may influence your preferences, even some that you may not be aware of.
The shape of the skeleton and skull, hairstyles, how a person walks and moves, personality and charm, ..., may affect your inclinations.
But deficiencies in those areas aren't necessarily considered as ugliness.
For example, if someone has a strangely elongated skull, you won't obligatorily find that person ugly.
If the skin on this individual's face is not folded, you may think they're beautiful.
It's the folding that makes them displeasing to the eye.

Beauty is not a lottery

Beauty seemed unfair.
Why would one individual have it and not the next?
Grooming proves that beauty is neither hereditary nor genetic.
If you unfolded the skin on your face, your beauty would be comparable to that of any other healthy, unfolded face.
In fact, we have not seen real beauty yet, since even the most beautiful humans are folded.

Beauty is healthy.
Ugliness is a
lack of care.

Personal taste

Some may be offended by my claims, arguing that beauty is a matter of personal taste.
Let's start by saying that great beauty appeals to pretty much every human.
Some of your appreciation is cultural.
It depends on all the faces you've seen in your life.
When evaluating a person's beauty, you are unconsciously judging how folded they are.
When you like the way some people are folded, you find them cute.
When you hate the way some people are folded, you call them ugly.

Wrinkles and folds of old age

Some will disagree with me by saying that in no way could they find the folds and wrinkles on older people ugly.
For them, these folds represent a natural wear and tear and illustrate an individual's past and experience.
They can even find the folds on some actors or celebrities beautiful and attractive.
Don't worry, I was like that too.
After a few years of grooming those folds on yourself, your views change.
You realize that they're a sign of unhealthy skin.
You understand that they represent the individual's lack of care for oneself.


Uglying all your life

Humans are born
more or less ugly

Beauty starts early since the folding begins long before birth.
It depends on numerous factors:
•Range and intensity of the actions of the fetus.
•Health condition of the mother.
•Positions and expressions held by the fetus
•Any particularity or deformation of the skeleton.
•Actions, positions and activities of the mother.
•Hazards and accidents: such as the location of the umbilical cord or hits on the mother's belly.

The effect of hits and bruises

Think of all the hits you take as a child, learning to walk, run, ride a bike, ...
Most contacts have little effect on your skin, but deep bruises last long enough to create a fold crossing.
That cupboard door that smashes into your forehead or that wounded knee after a fall may cause permanent and ever worsening aesthetic degradation.

The effect of stress

Happiness and relaxation seem to go along with beauty, at any age.
Contented and healthy humans don't cry or contract their facial muscles so much.
Any movement done with vigor, power, tension or force is much harder on your skin than if done without them.
It all adds up.

The effect of your actions

Repetitive movements create folds.
Simply blinking your eyes, swallowing, eating, talking, walking, writing, ... all your actions become encrusted in your skin.
Even the positions you take when you don't move, such as sleeping or sitting, affect the folding.
If your work entails repetitive gestures, mostly if an effort or tension is present, you can expect lots of extra folds where your body moves.

The effect of wearing
clothes, jewelry, ...

Clothes are discussed in the next chapter; Nudity.
Necklaces, pendants, bracelets, rings, ... cause horrific damage to your skin.
Your body is not made to have anything attached to it.
You can often see the harm they do, mostly where they constrain the skin.
The more you wear them, the worse things get.
With time, pain will arise specifically at the affected regions.

The effect of wearing glasses
on your sinuses

Wearing glasses is one of the worst things you can do to your face.
The parts of your body where they rest are much too sensitive and delicate to withstand their weight, pull and frequent hits.
In some places, the sinuses are only covered by a single layer of skin, the folds exploit this weakness and crush the nasal passages.
In the long run, the areas of skin on which glasses rest become compressed, hardened and flattened.
These curtailments induce a reduction in air flow, a decrease in your respiratory capacity that generates all sorts of health problems.
At times, the sinuses block completely.
Sleep is easily disrupted when the breathing is restricted.
Glasses also destroy your looks by folding the center of your face, just where people relate with you.
Wearing them is an absolute no-no.
It is better not to see so well than to wear them.

A word to parents
about glasses

Don't put glasses on your children.
They put a wall between them and reality.
It is much preferable for them to see less, and keep on exercising their vision.

Beauty is the reward you get
for grooming

The good news is that all these deteriorations are removable.
Grooming concerns health much more than beauty.
But, as you heal your body, you become more beautiful as a reward.


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