Monday, August 18, 2008

Is Beauty a Range or Fixed Point?

Here's an article that would suggest that acceptance of diversity is at an all time low. A couple of inches too tall or too short, a less than perfect smile - no matter how talented you are, you will be rendered invisible. Is this a social justice issue or just the way life works?
Is It Better To Look Good Or Sing... Well? - The New York Times 08/16/08 "The world knows now that the adorable little girl we saw warbling “Ode to the Motherland” at the Olympics opening ceremony was not really singing. She was a Potemkin performer. A Trojan tyke. Lin Miaoke, 9, was fronting for Yang Peiyi, 7, the girl with the best voice but imperfect teeth." And perhaps even more puzzling is " the 380 hostesses to the Olympics were all required to be the same height and weight."
What's happened to that Rainbow World that Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu dreamt of. Personally I've never seen a 7 year old that wasn't beautiful although I can tell if someone has damaged a child's inner spark, the belief of being a person of worth.

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