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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Does health equal beauty ?

(ps: on this pic I was eating an omnivore diet, with lots of fat and junk in between and 3 kg heavier. Afterwards I became vegan, ate more "healthy", did it make me more attractive? Nope! )

I have heard and read these comments soo much:
"Healthy people look more beautiful"
"I want to look beautiful because it shows that I am healthy, it is natural"

First of all, what is considered to be beautiful is based on where you live and in which time you live. Right now it is attractive to be tanned, but back in the days you had to have white skin and women even bathed in milk to try and achieve the whitest skin possible.
In some tribes, lip disks and huge earlobes are considered to be attractive.
Some like curves, some like sticks.

There is much variety,and what 1 person finds attractive, another may find not.

Now let's look at these girls:

Ana Carolina Reston

Eliana Ramos

Many guys who may see this girls (in bikini or not) may find them hot, and many girls may want to be like them.
But are they healthy? No, they are dead. Both models died young from Anorexia, and were actually starving themselves, which resulted in their body eating itself to dead slowly but surely. And this goes for many people. I have seen very sick people who look very beautiful, and I have seen very healthy people who look not so beautiful. 

"As the parents of a teenage girl, my wife and I have had concerns over this issue ourselves. As a fitness trainer, the majority of my clientele comes to me with the goal of losing weight, whether it's healthy for them or not. As a man, I've been troubled with the realization that our society expects women to look like 13 year old boys with silicone implants."

I especially came to this topic after having a discussion with a raw foodist who shows of her body to attract people to the lifestyle,  in the hope of it changing the world. But the fact is, many of those people do it to look good and do not really care about the ethics of it all. It will not change the world because of our current system that simply deprives most of the population and brainwashes them over and over again. So for many it is not about "looking healthy" to others, it is about looking hot and attractive to others to get ones ego boosted. They may say they do it for their health, but the fact is that many of them wouldn't do it if it made them ugly but super super healthy (just hypothetically speaking). And without the necessary vain results, they will continue not to care unless they truly change their outlook on the world, and work towards a change on a real physical level - actually adressing the current system and how we can change it, with WHAT we will replace it, how we will take care of all the things that have to be taken care off, worldwide distribution of food and items etc...

"The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind."
~G.K. Chesterton
It becomes a total obsession and your life will revolve around thinking about the way you look. You'll end up worrying your entire life, and forget to enjoy it.

The lesson is to not judge a book by it's cover. A radiant looking beautiful girl may be backstabbing and unhealthy inside. A ugly looking girl may be the most carring and healthy individual on the planet. But if you only see what you want to see, you will probably not see at all. Because you place your believes above all else, and you will only see the things that fit your belief. You will see things that are not even there, like a fruitarian going back to cooked food, looking better but still you seem to see dark circles under the eyes and more imperfections than before. Even though the individual feels better and gets better results.

And who the fuck wants to spend their life imagining the good thoughts that others are having about you? I sure as hell don't. I was well on my way of becoming that way but I learned to stop myself from following whatever my culture pushes on me. And so can you.

We require a society that does research not sponsored by big coorporations who only think about their profit. Because else we will end up saying that eating sand is good for your liver or shit like that. You know... they will put patents on sand.
We require a world that care and where they do  not promote unhealthy shit to people, and have unhealthy eating places all over every city. We require honest research, and the best for all. If money was not the driving force, then this could be a reality. Using ways to attract people to a message for a better world is cool, but together with that you need to have a replacement for the current system.

Monday, January 23, 2012

How to look like you've been beaten up

There is a new fashion trend (DUH) and that is the "look like you've been beaten up" look. Basically, you have to make yourself look like shit. The fashion industry is now telling girls and woman that the new trend is that of imperfection.

Stephanie Rosenbloom of the Times writes:
The new look for the new year is effortless, minimalist, just-out-of-bed-with-your-lover, according to leading hair and makeup artists. They say that stiff coiffures, overdone eyes, defined lips and matte skin are out. Tousled hair, smudged eyeliner, dewy lips and luminous skin are in.
I wouldn't consider this effortless.You know why? Because woman and girls are so conditioned to look good, that they will make sure this look looks good on them. A lot of them wont just jump out of bed not taking a look in the mirror. Most of them, will look in the mirror, comb their hair and then ruffle it up to be "pretty and messy" at the same time, apply their make up and make sure it too looks messy in a sexy kinda way. It will take practice and effort.
So it may have a different name and setting, but everything remains the same : follow the beauty system, look like they want you to look, spend your money, judge others on their appearance so that they will comply, feel insecure without make up, feel insecure, think about others finding you attractive, compete with other females for the male attention and desire, feel insecure.... crazy shit, that's what it is.

All of us should re-claim our power as living beings, equal to other living beings, and stop complying to this money driven consumerist scam. Because it is not just a way of innocent expression, it is fueled by a purpose and that purpose is profit and sales. It goes together with thoughts, insecurity, jealousy, competition etc...
And it will not stop until we stop it. It will not stop as long as profit is the driving force of this world.

Maybe we can all do the zombie look in 2012 , what do you think?
At least we will have a laugh walking on the street. I figure that would be loads more fun then walking around trying to get our ego's boosted all the time.