A lot of propaganda has been put out into the world in the past years by the advertising industry creating what many would agree is an unhealthy body image in the mind of young adults. Glorifying skinniness, youth, heavy makeup, expensive clothes, and sink white teeth, the industry all but tells you that if you do not consistently spend money on your image you will be marginalised by society and perceived as undesirable regardless of how great of a person you really are.
On the other hand, more and more groups of people are beginning to emerge who claim that they are perfect just the way they are, and that their bodies should be accepted without any judgement. This kind of thinking, in my opinion, is just as dangerous as its opposite. It tells us that it is okay not to grow, it is okay not to improve ourselves and that meritocracy and visual appreciation have no place at all in an evolved and mature society.
When examining this standpoint, I can’t help but start thinking of hygiene. After all, the image we get when thinking of a person who does not care about how they look, is often an image of a dirty person. Someone who doesn’t wash their hands, gets their clothes in a mess, lets loose hair get into food, has a smelly breath, and a false perception of themselves.
Though on a certain level we may still understand that they are an incarnation of light and love, we may agree that the attraction is not there, and that perhaps they should learn to spend less time in their head and more time in the temple of their bodies. As this might create some desire to take better care of their physical selves.
So in my opinion the answer is a compromise. It lays in elegance and simplicity. Those who respect their temple will maintain it with dignity and grace even as they age. Those who do not, will still have the opportunity to use it to express themselves and make a statement about who they are.
What do you think?