Thursday, July 28, 2005

If looks could kill

A man is measured by his accomplishments and worth, they always say. Well, we always look up to the great men of our soceity, that's true. But how can you size up someone whom you just met? Or not even met, in this case, you just rode the bus with, or travelled in the train, or just plainly see in the coffeeeshop. It's sad to admit but we always juge people just by how they look. Appearance always influenced the way we treat people. It's as if there's something in looking better that makes one a better person than the other sitting next. Maybe there is something. You just ask the guy who's heart got busted out by a former girlfriend because a better looking man came along. Ask marketing executives. Or better yet, ask advertising agents and beauty consultants. They will always say: LOOKS SELLS. Well, I can see that. They have profits laughing all the way to the bank.

Okay, then. I have no problem with that. If Anna Kournikova earns so much out of tennis marketing without even winning a grand slam, i have no objection. What makes me sick is how people look at someone who they think is somewhat inferior to them-- especially if its in the physical aspect. And this kind of incident always come in two packages-- Appearance and race.

This morning whie going to my office, i rode a bus with a fairly attractive lady sitting in the next seat. As the bus went on its route, the bus gets fuller until the seat of that lady was the only one vacant(we all know a bus seat is always sitted in pairs). One indian guy came up the bus after it halted on the next bus loading/unloading point, and seeing that the only seat is that of the young lady, he went on to sit on it. The young lady shrugged away, covered his nose and make all the "yuckie" gestures that she can make, and made sure their clothes dont even touch. Seeing this made blood rush to my head. Just because this lady thought that she's beautiful and pretty (well she is, i have no problem about that), she already made a judgement that this guy, who courteously and even reluctantly sitted next to her (even sitting just at the edge) was way below her par that she can have all the liberty in the world to publicly humiliate him. Never mind that maybe this guy is a physicist or rocket scientist (I'm just making a point, of course). What i really wanted to say is that it's sad to realize this. Because however beautiful one may look, it doesn't give him/her the right or even previledge to mock another person's appearance. It's a human being, for crying out loud.

We always hear the old saying " Don't juge a book by its cover". It's so common saying it even makes it sound corny already. But unfortunately, people don't really learnt from it. Especially the ones who thinks they're so special and much glorified by a bunch of suckers.

If you're reading this and you're one of them, saying "shame on you" at your face is an understatement.