Beauty unretouched

I was scrolling through my Facebook timeline the other day when I came across this picture:

original photo posted on

My first thought was, “What a cool picture.”

But then I read the caption. Something about a reverse albino condition which explains why the lion was black.

Pfft!!! Um, if black lions exist in nature why am I just now hearing about them on Facebook?

The picture is photo-shopped. If you click on the image it will take you to the website where it was originally posted. The creator of the photo says that it has been manipulated. But I suppose someone figured a real black lion is a much better story than one created by photo editing software–the truth be damned– and so a Facebook legend begins. There were a few comments which suggested that the picture was digitally altered, but the vast majority simply commented about how beautiful the black lion was. Maybe I’ve become a cynic in my old age, but it bothers me that not only do we easily believe the unbelievable, but choose to pass it on as truth without thinking twice about it.

When I went to to confirm my suspicions, I was struck by how beautiful the original, un-retouched white lion was:

photo from

And that bothers me even more; that we overlook authentic beauty in favor of its deceptive counterpart, that it’s not enough to say, “This is what a black lion would look like”, but instead choose to say “This is what a black lion looks like.”

Fiction intentionally disguised as truth is manipulation born of a deceitful heart.

Truth disguised as fiction is an art form born of a courageous one.

I prefer the latter.

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7 Responses to “Beauty unretouched”

  1. James Williams June 25, 2012 at 9:36 am #


  2. SimplyDarlene June 25, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    As do I miss Kathy. What a powerful lesson.

    (that 2nd black image is really rather creepy if ya ask me)


  3. floyd June 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    I prefer the latter also… Lying has become of way of life, so much so that no one really gets offended when they’re lied to! I suspect it’s because they lie too!

    • katdish June 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      I’m always offended when I’m lied to. It’s ingrained. Probably why I’ve never cared much for magicians. Although I’ve softened my stance on them because at least with them you know they’re going to lie to you.

  4. Bradley J. Moore June 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Hi KD, it’s been a while! But, good post, as always. Yes, me too, I prefer the original lion, in all it’s glory. The FB crowd (and the gawking public in general) are SO gullible. Stupid, even. I ranted about this awhile ago with a similar thing with the giant skulls that were supposedly found in the dessert, supporting some obscure bible verse about giants. Same thing. Photo shopped. I called it “Dumb Christians” and it still gets quite a few hits every day from Google searches. Go figure.

    • katdish June 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

      Facebook is becoming the new forwarded email. That was a great post, Brad. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Sandra Heska King June 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    I didn’t see this on FB. But the real thing is so much more beautiful. The black one looks like it fell in a bucket of your paint.

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