Большая разница / Handsome is that handsome does
I would like to share my ideas with you in this essay which covers an interesting topic. By the way, it is a tricky question. First of all, answering this question, we should find out what this expression means. I should say that the dictionary gives the following explanation: «Handsome is that handsome does» is a proverb that means «it is more important to treat people well than to be good-looking; just because you are good-looking does not mean you are a good person.»
I would like to quote one of the Russian writers A.P.Chekhov who wrote: «Everything should be perfect in any person: face and clothes, soul and thoughts.» Actually the meaning in the Russian language is the same as in English. Although we have almost the same expressions in two languages, the illustrations to them can be different according to the mentality of two countries! Let`s consider political situation which is presented differently in the Russian Federation and in the USA.
The situation in America is the following. People of different nationalities, multinational citizens from every corner of our world live here, in America. The fact is that all of them live in peace, there is no war/ battle between them. It characterizes this country from the democratic viewpoint. Democracy and pluralism of the opinions are only in the beginning in our country. In America the presidents fulfill their ideas and thoughts into reality and they don`t cheat their citizens. In America there is an economical progress, for example, and there is almost nothing like this in Russia.
Well, let`s describe the situation in Russia. Democracy in our country is presentedpurely theoretically. While politicians make their speeches from the rostrums, in fact they don`t even try to do at least something in order to improve the level of our lives, lives of ordinary people. So, their words only sound beautifully but practically the words don`t mean anything and our politicians, better to say politicos, only get their salary just for doing nothing! They are handsome, well, certainly, I am not against it, but … outwardly: they wear some expensive suits and ties and so on. I would like to highlight the phrase that I have already mentioned in my essay but to change it a little bit, certainly if you let me do this «politicians should be perfect in everything», not only in their suits and in their wishes to choose some expensive perfume but in their acts and behavior as well as in their manner to wear clothes.
So, this proverb is better to apply to the American culture and their politics in our modern and changing world rather than to Russia, don`t you agree with me?!