Posted: April 21, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Contributing Writers, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

Ajang Alaak Atem Bor, South Sudan

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When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty

April 21, 2017 (SSB) — I am not saying a beautiful face carries ugly brain. According to Merriam Webster Dictionary ugly means an offensive to the sight’. I disagree with this definition. Let me take you through this article. Some believed that once a human is bodily ugly it becomes generally not beautiful. But no!  It is often problematic to advocate one theory for bearers of one kind, and another theory for bearers of a different kind.

However, I’m not becoming rigid about what is ugly – I’m just infuriating ideas about our assumptions of ugliness. On other side of the plate I’m not looking for agreement. When we talk about design, it is this effort to bring in beauty by the contemporary society. They told us that if things were functional they would be beautiful – but as soon as you investigate what is beauty – I would say the evidence is mixed.

The idea of what is and what is not ugly changes over time. Maybe there are no permanent values in the world of art. It is surely an inquiry that wants to be asked. If the entire world was ugly it would in fact be extremely said to be beautiful as beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. Stephen King once said a lot of us grow up and we grow out of the literal interpretation that we get when we’re children, but we bear the scars all our life.

Whether they’re scars of beauty or scars of ugliness, it’s pretty much in the eye of the beholder.  So, on my own analysis I think we need a measure of beauty to understand ugly. You can only understand paradise if you have a concept of torment.

For me, ugliness is like beauty. They’re all consequences of habit. It means how we conduct ourselves to other which injects either positive or negative perception. For instance, when we’re educated we’re not all beautiful: this refers to the conduct of our behaviors, which stands for two things; either you ‘mis’ (misbehavior) or you keep it a good behavior!

When we clearly scrutinize this we habitually know that who agrees to put ‘mis’ in his or her habit is the one I say to be ugly no matter how far he or she might have gone in term of current modern literacy. I repeat behaviors determine beauty or ugliness in both modern and ancient human societies.

As mentioned early that the art of beauty is connected with unoffending look of human conduct but certainly here, I’ll shift to mental beauty and ugliness in human. Dear readers, there is nothing which pressed me to write this piece but just a moral interest which many philosophers touched in many sentences.  So, I take this time to relate my own argument with what they’d cited early. In this sense, an ugly face is not an ugly brain.

Why? This is because of state of epistemology. Literally we know, epistemology is the study of the nature and scope of knowledge and justified belief. It analyzes the nature of knowledge and how it relates to similar notions such as truth, belief and justification. It also deals with the means of production of knowledge, as well as skepticism about different knowledge claims.

So, can one disputes this fact? I agree with this idea of mental sharpness with no negative effects as to bodily outlook of a human, instead, it straightforwardly remains as an impact of epistemology… not the state of ugliness or beauty of a person.

Ajang Alaak Atem is an activist of gender equality in South Sudan. He holds bachelor degree in Accounting from Kampala University; diploma in Public Relations (Media Studies) from Institute of Management, Language and Sciences, Kenya, and Diploma in Accounting (Management science) from Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology, South Sudan. Ajang is a humanitarian worker in based South Sudan, since 2010. He can be reached via:

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  1. Nyanut Bol says:

    South Sudan economy will not recovered unless President Kiir stepdown and give chance to other partriotic South Sudanese to kill, detain and dismiss many politicians and notorious Generals in SPLA.


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