On Appearances

Whew… double post???? say what?! Just because it is relevant.

Appearances matter. We think that because we live in America in the 21st century that somehow, we are going to be able to treat everybody exactly the same. It’s entirely false. 

Everybody has some kind of bias. Whether it be small or big. Deep in our hearts or etched on our faces. We can’t help it. Nothing’s going to change unless we all look the same – which is erm, not the greatest thing either. 

Hobos on the street. We look down upon them. We may sympathize with them. But we treat them as less than human because we generalize that all are drug-dealers and criminals. This is wrong. 

This is why actors are basically all beautiful. They are all handsome and gorgeous in their own way if they act in movies. Nobody wants to root for some ugly person. Some people go simply to see that person because they have that “celebrity crush” on them. It’s true. It’s blunt and it seems so mean in so many ways, but it’s true that deep in our hearts, we have our own biases and fears. 

This is why many of the people who are popular are beautiful as well. Not all of course, but lots. In another take of the situation, there is almost no one who is a loner who is society’s beautiful. It just doesn’t work that way. Beauty draws people in. 

And an aside right here – when I say beautiful – I mean it in the way that people view conventional beauty. Outward beauty. 

And back to point. This article.

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith/wp/2013/11/06/photos-pope-francis-embraces-disfigured-man-covered-in-boils/

Pope Francis is commended for his embrace of a disfigured man covered in boils. These people are not contagious, yet they are often discriminated from.

This is sad. Why cannot we not all love people the same? It is because our eyes deceive us. Our minds are selfish. Our hearts protective and overbearing. We like things that are soft and glittery and sweet. We don’t like things that are difficult to stand and even difficult to look at. 

Sadly, I end this with this conclusion. If we were all blind, we would look with greater thoughtfulness into the character of a person. But we are not. So what do we do? We do like Pope Francis. We embrace those who society looks down upon. But are we even capable of even that? We are society after all………….

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