Physical Beauty without Good Works is Dead

From our friend “SlimJim,” The Domain for Truth blog. We are not alone.    —LD

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Our society emphasize so much of unrealistic physical attractiveness.  Think of what the media projects to us with ads, TV shows, celebrities, etc.

Sadly this affect the church as well.

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About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

4 responses to “Physical Beauty without Good Works is Dead

  • Unknowable

    Nice post.

    Many are the men that have allowed physical attraction to blind them to obvious character flaws and ended up marrying a woman whose works were not so good. This world has created an ideal which is unrealistic and, sadly, a lot of good people have been marginalized because they were not so great looking, in comparison to movie stars and/or fashion models.

    But then again, how many of us are great looking, in comparison to movie stars and/or fashion models? The answer is, very few of us. Reasonable fitness is a good thing, whenever possible, but reasonable fitness does not mean a movie stars and/or fashion model body.

    Before photography and the inclusions of photographs in newspapers, most people only knew the people in their neighborhood or the small town they lived in. A person could live their entire life without ever seeing someone that looked like a movie star. But in our day, with continuous media exposure, we see photos, movies, TV shows, etc. which are populated by people chosen for their appearance. If we were to gauge by what we see in world is full of great looking people at their optimal weight and coiffed perfectly as well. No wonder so many people have low self esteem.

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    • leeduigon

      I see lots of women who look as good as movie stars–and that’s what they really look like, they don’t have the benefit of airbrush, expert makeup, light filters, etc. There are stars you’d never recognize if you saw them off-camera.
      What we see on the screen is mostly an illusion. That is not what those people really look like.

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      • Unknowable

        That’s a very good point. A while back, I had a video job interview using a laptop computer to make the call. I spent the last half hour before the interview arranging the background the interviewers would see what I wanted them to see. They saw an immaculate office and even a few strategically placed props; in the form of equipment that would be recognizable to them. I adjusted the camera angle and the lighting to maximum advantage. It was somewhat an illusion, because just out of He camera’s sight, things weren’t so perfect.

        Photos, moving or still are not the real thing and everything we see in the media is carefully produced to give the desired impression. Once, at a trade show, I walked right past a very famous female singer that I had seen on album covers etc, but in person she looked exceptionally ordinary. On the album covers, she looked like a goddess. Illusion.

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