Sunday 29 September 2013

Havamal Snippets 93: Another man's love no man must ever mock

Do not mock the lack of beauty in another mans wife, because, as the saying goes 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'.  Beauty is both absolute and relative.  It is absolute in that men are sexually attracted to women and vice versa.  It is relative in that men are sexually attracted to either masculine women or feminine women, depending on their own personal preference.  For instance Chopin[LINK] who was rather feminine (he had a feminine digit ratio) was sexually attracted to George Sands[LINK] who was rather masculine.  This shows that sexual attraction is both absolute (a man was attracted to a woman) and also relative (a feminine man was attracted to a masculine woman).  It is important to remember this so that we do not mock what other men find attractive, because each man is different.  Respect is the key here.  Just because one man prefers a large-jawed & flat-chested woman to a 'hot' brunette 36DD cheerleader doesn't make him any less of a man.

Ástar firna
skyli engi maðr
annan aldregi
opt fá á horskan
er á heimskan ne fá
lostfagrir litir

[2] No man must
[3] ever [1] mock
[3] another's [1] love.
often [6] ravishingly fair looks
[4] capture the wise man
[5] when they do not capture the fool.


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