Okay this is an obvious rant but please understand that my patience on the subject has really grown thin.
Honestly, when I read some of the things people say here, I really gotta wonder if the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” has really lost its place in Catholic Christian morality.
For instance, take a person’s dress.
“Oh look she’s wearing a mini-skirt and sleeveless. She must be a harlot! :tsktsk:”
“Oh look he’s wearing a hoodie and baggy pants. He must be a gangsta! :eek:”
“Oh look they’re wearing tattoos! They must be ex-cons! :bigyikes:”
You know if you’re going to criticize someone, the least you could do is base your criticism on something just a little higher than what they wear and what they look like. Some people here have even gone as far to claim they experience a sort of “spiritual willies” when they see something that doesn’t conform to their aesthetic comfort. (“Oh dear, he wears eye-shadow and she dyes her hair purple. I feel the presence of Satan! D:”) Good Lord. Excuses much? I think it’s high time people started taking more responsibility for their psychological aversions instead of putting them up on the mystical pedestal.
Since when has something so base and superficial as appearance become a norm for evaluating someone’s worth? Has it ever occurred to anybody that the there is no logical link between a person’s aesthetic appearance and something more worthy of evaluation (e.g. actions, behavior).
All throughout my life, I have met my fair share of repulsive and heartless individuals. But guess what? Your jaw would drop when you see how these people covered a vast range of fashions and attire. During my last year in highschool, I was bullied by a wannabe gangsta rapper who wore large jerseys, bling and everything. Likewise, in 6th grade, I had the most unfeeling, tyrannical, and could-not-care-less fundie teacher but would you believe that the clothes she wore were something the pro-modesty party would hail?
These two examples taken from my life both looked very different from each other. But at the core, their hearts were an equal shade of black. They made my life miserable. They made other people’s lives miserable.
Hence, I really can’t believe some people would still insist that appearances means something significant beyond self-decoration.
This doesn’t even apply to just a person’s choice of dress. I find the same problematic people having the same problematic logic regarding names, symbols, and even stuff like mythology for crying out loud.
“He’s named Hercules!? PAGAAAN!! DX”
“His story has a good dragon? WORK OF THE DEVIIIL!!! DX”
“That card has a pentagram? SATANIIIIIX!!! DX”
Now I know someone might argue that appearance can reflect a person but this still is very, very insufficient ground for making a conclusion regarding other people. What am I talking about? Just because you think you know what’s on a person’s mind regarding their attire, does not make it the same as actually knowing. It does not take out the possibility that you could be wrong.
Believe me, I’ve been wrong plenty times and and there were times when even actions and behavior weren’t enough to give me a good conclusion about a person. How much worse if I had based only on their appearance? :rolleyes: