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"Heaven" is my representation of how nature shifts humans' focus on traditional life to entering a state of tranquility. Since nature is separated from man-made objects and otherwise man-influenced life, it allows people to reflect, and bask in the natural world's beauty. In society, people have determined what characteristics make someone beautiful. These societal pressures cause women and men to feel isolated and forced to succumb to pressures to fit the standards of beauty. Societal pressures are all too real, however, in nature, they disappear. The individual is faced with the realization that ultimately worrying about whether you do or don’t fit these standards is pointless. The issue isn’t the people who judge an individual based on their appearance, the real issue is when the individual takes on those social expectations and begin to think they don’t fit them.
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