In other words, be really attractive. Well-dressed, fashionable, beautiful – yes, a really good person.
In Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book, Sei casually mentions the death of the Empress whom she served in a way that shows no sadness, yet at certain points rants for days over a lady in waiting wearing the colors to a ceremony. What an awful person!
Why not judge people this way today? Clear skin and shiny hair might just indicate moral courage. Muscular definition? A charitable nature. You’re not shallow – you just care if someone’s a good person.
The next time you go to a bar and see someone of the opposite sex whom you find attractive or desirable, tell your friends that you just think that they’re a ….really good person. You mean it – at least in Heian terms.