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Koinophilia

by Richard Fein

Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder;
it's in the eyes of a hundred beholders.
Helen's face did not launch a thousand ships,
but the thousand faces of Helen can launch any ship.

Beauty is a regression to the mean,
the line that cuts a bell curve into symmetrical halves.
Koinophilia,
the true answer given by the magic mirror
when it was asked, "Who is the fairest of them all?"
To behold Helen, to dream of Snow White,
use your mouse.
Drag a thousand noses, eyes, chins, and cheeks
across the computer screen,
and stack them in virtual layers,
then click on the merge icon.
There before you is the statistical average,
a face of uncommon beauty.
Beauty is the algorithm of the mundane.
If beauty is truth, then truth is as common
as the collective mother smiling down
lovingly at her collective infant's face.