The Art of Concealment

Homer said that Helen of Troy was the most beautiful woman in the world, yet he never described her beauty – because it was beyond description. To speak of it was to distort it. To reveal it was to degrade it. To conceal it made it all the more wonderful. His nondescription left room for the imagination to mystify and intrigue and hold it in awe.

Today, women have the opposite view of beauty: as much as possible must be revealed to everyone all the time. The more revealing, the more beauty. The more emphasis, the more lustre. The more attention, the more value. 

But this is not so, and women find out too late what the ancients long knew: to reveal is to degrade, to emphasize is to devalue, to make much is to be made little, to make known is to be forgotten, to put yourself out there is to find yourself nowhere, to hold the attention of everyone is at last to be held by no one.

Ladies, take Homer’s advice: make yourself awe-somely beautiful by practicing the art of concealment.


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