Does society put too much emphasis on physical beauty?

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Comments (11)

(10) hershy, February 10, 2008 6:49 PM

a bunch of weirdos

Anonymous, June 15, 2012 7:01 PM

i second that!!!

i agree!!! whewww!

(9) Lynda, January 12, 2008 2:10 PM

The Answer

Recently a sportsman hit world headlines and was suspended from the team for making a racist comments. The same applies, and rightly so, to recent anti-semitic comments by a movie star.
Would there have been any fuss at all if these people had poked fun at, on insulted a fat person?

(8) Krystle, January 10, 2008 7:16 PM

just who exactly is "society"?

The answer to that question is one that demands a second question, yes society puts way too much stalk in how we look, of course, but who is society? We talk about "it" as if we are seperate. Society is not some ellusive small group floating around making oppinions of the rest of us and tricking us into beleiving what "they" say. Like it or not we may not be of the world but we are in it and here goes... WE are society. Stop and think for a minuite about the last time you watched t.v, how about the last time you went to the park, or saw someone walk down your street. Now tell yourself the truth, what secret thought went through your head if only for a moment? I'll bet that if you are honest you might admit that you made a judgement about the person or people you saw. Sure it might have only been for a split second before you caught yourself and corrected yourself, but you still probibly made a call that wasn't yours to make.
The same goes for when you look in the mirror, do you see the person the God created you to be or do you sit and stare at all the things that you would like to change? I know that as a woman I definitly feel the pressure to look good. I have to same arguments with myself that most wemen I know do.
-I want to feel confident about myself and that is hard to do if I look sloppy.
-But, God wants me to be modest.
-I want my husband to be proud to have me on his arm and desire to be with me, look at me.
-My Lord hates the pride of man, and there is a time and a place for my husband to desire me, dinner with the family or his company party might not be that place.
One of the ones that I personally love is... my body is God's temple and I need to take care of my body so I can more easily be used of God if I am fit. Well, how do you feel when you work out, put on makeup, dye your hair or wear those special earings? You feel better... because you look better. How much of our time do we take away from God-filled thoughts or deeds because we want to be "better" for God? They say that beauty lies within, well the outside world can't see your heart and unfortunately we are a people that focus on first appearances. We can say that society needs to change but in ordert for that to happen we first need to change. When you look at another person tell youself before anything else, "God loves them.", and when you look in the mirror tell yourself," This is the way God made me". I do this but untill I stop replying with, "Yah, but God didn't MAKE you eat that chocolate bar.", to be honest with you I'm going to keep working out and putting on makeup and just hope that God can see through all that and find my heart. After all that's what really matters...right?

(7) Rosen, January 10, 2008 11:52 AM

looks, relationships, and giving

While looks may be one for themselves when it comes to modeling, instinctively, we are generally attracted to those who we feel are physically good looking, because it would be a sour relationship to be with someone who you weren't physically attracted to...As for giving, that can be an even more important issue, because so many children happen to be starving all across the world, even in the US. The Jewish and secular direct mail I get urging me to contribute money so that others can eat, I usually give a few dollars to - $3 or $5 I understand is better to give to the starving and impoverished, as opposed to spending it on myself with noshes at the 7-Eleven.

(6) AY, January 9, 2008 11:11 PM

I think it is interesting, though, that even the Torah stresses physical beauty. For instance, when It describes Rachel and Leah It says that they were beatiful and describes it in detail. Yosef is also described as beautiful. Just an interesting fact that I noticed, and am a bit curious about.

(5) Marilyn, January 8, 2008 2:02 PM

True beauty is not a physical thing...

Does society put too much emphasis on physical beauty? Of course. Because it sells... This form of survival-of-the-fittest is not limited to man (sorry... my word choice is not necessarily all figurative). Who can refute the beauty of a male cardinal? The true essence and depth of real beauty is so far more than the eye (and camera) can perceive that it is literally 'invisible'. Definitely not 'physical'.

(4) Dr. Michael Zidonov, January 8, 2008 1:19 PM

Truth In Humor

The Subject of this Video is truly a fact, that we DO put too much emphasis on Physical Beauty ... and unfortunately, we have actually allowed, through the ridiculousness of Political Correctitude(which flies in the face of Torah)the very thing we see in the antics of the actors in this video, to happen and become not only reality, but the accepted Norm ... Is it any wonder that we are in such perilous times, in such disasterous trouble ...

(3) Jeanette, January 8, 2008 1:02 PM

funny but not too meaningful

it was rather superficial, and by having a starbuck's coffee avoided what was meant to be a meaningful conversation by the one fellow who did not look like the others

(2) Anonymous, January 8, 2008 11:15 AM

All about the outer layer, what's inside?

Ain't it for a reason that they say "empty barrels make a lot of noise"! I think that's quite much what it's about. it's not about the orange drink, but rather the point surely is and should be that IT IS way more important to care about other's help/needs, than one's own appearance. Think about it - good items are hidden, while the cheap ones are put on the outside sale rack - do you wanna be included in those?!
p.s. continue your gr8 work -Jewlarious!

(1) Patti Jenkins, January 6, 2008 6:14 PM

Lifes too short to even give that thought roomto grow.

One of the hardest commandments to live is the coveting one and its not so easy to avoid.But really when you get right down to it comes down to this one fact, do you love our fathers creations or another one to concider is that everyone has a purpose or you would not be breathing and we would not be having this conversation.To really love our father in heaven we must first love ourselves and realize what amiracle this life thing really is. Pray for the peace of jerusaliem shabbat shalom P.j. you make using the computer fun and thought provoking.


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