It was with great surprise that I realised that deep, deep, deep inside my inner recesses, I had assumed that a world where everyone was beautiful would be great (especially me!), and there was a touch of judgement on people who didn’t ‘make an effort’. I didn’t know that I thought this until I watched ‘Surrogates’ the other day on DVD (it has Bruce Willis in it, so I had to watch it due to the husband type person I live with).
‘Surrogates’ is all about a world where people can sit at home, and experience world through these perfect looking surrogate bodies – like plastic surgery air brushed. As the film went on it was actually a relief to see ‘normal’ people, quite a weird feeling. It shows how horrid and boring it would be if we could all look ‘perfect’. I’ve often thought that gorgeous people where a little bland; not in character, just in looks (sorry to any really gorgeous people reading this, but your faces tend to be a little ‘samey’). But this film proved it, because you actually find the big, fat, sweaty geek guy more attractive to look at.
So next time I look in the mirror and squint critically, I can remember that actually it is our imperfections that make the world interesting to look at; and next time I see a slightly fat, sweaty guy I can think ‘thank god, for that’! If you ever worry about what you look like at home, in the supermarket, in the school car park or that you generally don’t fit in, watch this film and hopefully you will come away understanding that you really are gorgeous, because if you did ‘fit in’, the world would be a more tedious, boring, stressful (I hate being bored) place.
But don’t worry, gorgeous readers, I’m not suggesting that we would want a world without you either. It would also be potentially boring if there weren’t any ‘perfect’ people. Partially, because there’d be no one to lust after in the films, and loads of other reasons that I’m not going to go into today. Plus, on the days when I think ‘Ok, so I don’t want everyone to be perfect looking, but I could do with being a little more perfect’, it doesn’t take long before the reality kicks in. I don’t really want to make the extreme effort of living up to other people’s expectations, and I don’t need to worry about losing my looks as I age. There are loads of things which are a great deal easier and simpler, if you don’t stand out just because of your looks and I do get that.
What do you reckon? Maybe I don’t appreciate what it would be like if everyone was beautiful, because I wasn’t born with one of those perfectly symmetrical faces, flawless skins and straight cute noses?
Right off to powder my shiney nose ;o)