“—we usually give very little thought to where our faces come from. Yet..”

In reading this book by Sharon Moalem, I found some concepts which I’d like to share.  One of them is the process of how our faces are formed, and what our faces mean and present about ourselves, as our lives progress.  What do we see?

“Beyond facial similarities denoting blood relations—“ you know, he looks so much like his dad”—we usually give very little thought to where our faces come from. Yet the story of the formation of our facial features is a fascinating tale—a complex embryological ballet—and any small developmental misstep is forever etched in our faces for all to see.”

This visage will reveal our experiences outside the womb as well. As adults, we will recognize these experiences in each other’s faces.  The weather beaten skin of a sailor, a grandmother’s wrinkles of joy, and the pail, plaid, worn face of drug addiction. We are creatures of nature and nurture and ideally, empathy.

 

 

 

 

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