Society has created a set of guidelines where we all are forced to fit into a preset image. Modern society views wrinkles, baldness, skin blemishes and body fat as unacceptable. Things like taking botox injections, cosmetic surgery, hair implants, breast enlargements and tanning are widely accepted and considered a norm. We need to educate ourselves and our children about the effects of vanity and stop promoting it over health and wellness.
We are a society based on vanity! All the way back to the beginning of recorded history, humans have wanted to live forever, look more attractive and be stronger. The amazing and sad part is, most of the time it was to attract the best mate. This is something that as a society, we should have evolved past in the modern age, but we have not.
In fact, it has just gotten worse, but now it’s not about finding a suitable mate. Now, it’s about the image that society puts on each of us. We must look a certain way, act a certain way and be a certain way.
A few examples are:
- No wrinkles
- Loss of hair
- Skin blemishes
- Small muscles
- Body fat
- Premature gray hair or baldness
Due to our vanity issues we now have the following killing us daily:
- Botox for wrinkles
- Plastic surgery
- Hair implants
- Breast enlargements
- Pubic Hair removal on kids
- Tanning booths and self-tanners
Vanity Rules Our Lives
The incredibly sad part is that we have become so desensitized to the modifications that are being made to our bodies that we accept them as the norm. We don’t even think about the fact that 50 years ago, the products and procedures that we consider as norm today were thought of as disgusting and crazy. Yes, some of the products and procedures existed, but not many people were doing them and the ones that were, were looked at like “why would they do that?”
As a society, we need to wake up and realize that our vanity is killing us and our loved ones. Anytime you put a chemical into your body, it alters your bodies’ chemistry even if it is just for a short time. Unless your body was scarred in an accident, plastic surgery should not be an option. Also, letting girls under 18 to get their pubic hair waxed or laser removed should not be allowed. What are we teaching our kids when we allow vanity to rule our lives?
Bottom line is that, we all need to educate ourselves about the effects of vanity and stop promoting it over health and wellness.