September 16, 2019-
Ric Ocasek died yesterday, peacefully in his sleep. He and his band, The Cars, rekindled my interest in rock music, in 1978, after it had been rather put to sleep by the glam rock and proto-disco tunes of the mid-1970’s. Ric was sometimes called “ungainly”, by certain wags. He did, however, have a magnetism that drew women-most notably his wife of 29 years, Paulina Porizkova. To her, he had true beauty, and that is what mattered most.
True beauty transcends gender, species and even Kingdom. It can only emanate from the soul, through the spirit and be reflected by the body- in terms of actions, expressiveness and outward reflection of spiritual qualities. A person with the plainest of countenances and the frumpiest of figures can be a human Hope Diamond.
Having only recently completely cast off the social baggage that comes with being raised in a society stoked on appearance, I find the appreciation of each human being, and each daily set of experiences, a liberating renewal of spirit. In the course of transformation, it’s helped to encounter comely women who have turned out to have dark spirits, plain ladies with hearts of gold, men of saintly mien and plenty of people who have both physical and spiritual beauty-putting the latter kind of beauty first.
This gives me a sense of wonder, at all that lies ahead.