Beauty is only skin deep – this adage used over centuries by trillions of people is old and tired, and unfortunately not making any headway in asserting its worth.
The obsession with beauty among the younger generation is becoming so much more entrenched than before with technological advancement. This is evident with the phenomenal trend of selfies. Let’s face it, most selfies are taken to show off. It’s a great way for self-expression but for some, it has become an unhealthy obsession to be camera-perfect.
It does not help that modern pop culture endorses such a fixation with reality shows starring celebrities, models and rich kids. These people build their success based on looks for the most parts. The content of some of these shows are particularly damaging to young girls who have not yet discover their self-worth. These shows conditioned them to think that good looks guarantee success.
The proliferation of slimming centres and plastic surgery in this century is also proof that more and more people are addicted to the notion of being perfect as personified by the media. Such a trend has cost many lives in Korea where it is no secret that many of the country’s hottest celebrities go under the knife to have the perfect face or body. Some stars have committed suicide as they crumble under the immense pressure to be beautiful always.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to beautiful, but the continuous emphasis on appearance has become a big part of why humanity continues to deteriorate. While there are some advocates of inner beauty, they fight a losing battle against the barrage of offline and online media heralding the latest beauty products or parading the latest fashion on stick-thin models.
As human become more and more self-centred in enhancing their own beauty, they become blind to the beauty around them. The loss of such sensitivity will only result in the loss of innocence, moderation and empathy – the very qualities that would ensure the continued survival of human race and the essence of creating a peaceful world.
So, girls and ladies out there, be thankful for how you look as we are all perfect in the eyes of God. Think twice the next time you want to criticize someone for their appearance as you are as superficial as your comments. Boyfriends and husbands, the woman in your life will never be the next beauty queen, and if she is, then congratulations but remember age spares no one. If you really love her, you can look past her physical faults and embrace her for who she is.