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“George Banks w…

“George Banks will be redeemed. George Banks and all he stands for will be saved. Maybe not in life, but in imagination. Because that’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.”

– Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) in Saving Mr. Banks, while trying to convince Mrs. Travers (Emma Thompson) to allow him to make a film of her book Mary Poppins

This is indeed what storytellers do. Sometimes fictional stories of redemption can give us hope when the stories of our own lives are too messy and our paths are too long and twisted for us to see that redemption is real. But it is real. The spark of hope we feel when reading or viewing redemptive stories, and the longing we feel for a better and more beautiful world, are not mere wish fulfillment. The understanding of how the world ought to be is written in our DNA, and these fictional stories are a way for us to experience tangibly the deepest truths.

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Because Who Is Perfect? Mannequins Modeled After People with Disabilities

I love watching this artist gently and painstakingly measure every part of these people’s bodies, taking care to understand every curve of spine or shortness of limb in order to recreate each detail exactly right. What the world would deem imperfect, this artist sees as beautiful. Beautiful enough to set a “standard of beauty,” since that is the way mannequins are typically viewed.

One of the women who had a mannequin modeled after her said in the video, “It is special to see yourself like this, when you usually can’t look at yourself in the mirror.”

I think we all want someone to know in intimate detail our imperfections (whether real or imagined, of the body or of the soul), and still see us as beautiful.

Photo from VenusBuzz.com