I would like to share my thought about ‘lookism’. This word might be unfamiliar to some people. ‘Lookism’ is a term used to refer to the positive ‘stereotypes’, ‘prejudice’, and preferential treatment given to physically attractive people, or more generally to people whose appearance matches cultural preferences” ─ Wikipedia
First, I need to talk about an aspect of human beings before my view on ‘lookism’. Human beings are used to evaluating people by what they see from outer part in the fixed frame. Moreover, they are brainwashed easily by trend, fad and anything mass media, society, cultural system generate. It is same fact that human beings believe green is green, 1 is 1, etc; and religious people believe only their God is true and have a boundary against other religions; major people in a group say she is the standard of beauty, the rest people in a group become brainwashed and used to thinking she is the standard of beauty, too. I think brain function of human beings gets programmed by cultural, society system and whatever systems in world generate. It is turning in the same way again, again in the circle.
Regarding ‘lookism,’ numerous people in Korea have plastic surgery to look better because they have an unnecessary inferiority; even get obsessed by their vain conceit to look perfect. If they cannot afford to have plastic surgery, they borrow money from private moneylenders, etc.
Public places like subways and any crowded places are covered with numerous advertisements of cosmetic surgery. I do feel an impulse whenever I see advertisements, “I want to undergo cosmetic surgery and look beautiful like women in advertisements”. How pathetic thought I have that I want to have cosmetic surgery like artificial, vain looking women in advertisements and get allured by materialistic advertisements seeking money. In fact, these unnecessary inferiority and vain conceit are input by wrong society system dyeing with materialism and spoiled aspects of view.
I still remember some guest on TV program made a remark last year, “numerous people have cosmetic surgery nowadays, so why don’t we make cosmetic surgery as a cultural business rather than criticize on that? Then, we’d better make foreigners in other countries come to Korea for cosmetic surgery so that Korea can make money.” I was dumbfounded by her shallow comment, but more stupid thing is… a T.V host gave credits to her comment. The reason many people want to have cosmetic surgery is, in fact, from their inferiority based on vain conceit; and people’s inferiority is planted by the wrong society system that tends to evaluate people by what they see from outer part rather than inner part. If anyone thinks cosmetic surgery should be a cultural business, it only boosts wrong society system and people who put weight on materialistic things from outer part.
I have to give my view on reality of entertainment industry regarding ‘lookism’ because ordinary people are so much easily enthusiastic and affected by entertainers and mass media. I see the mass media often gives more credits to beautiful appearance rather than true ability from sincere mindset. Consequently, chances are often given to people who have beautiful, artificial appearance on vain conceit rather than true capable people with good & firm mindset in entertainment industry. In result, entertainers tend to feel pressure on their appearance and focus on how look better than how improve their ability in work. It looks like entertainers compete for their appearance rather than true ability from sincere mindset.
Therefore, spoiled entertainers on vain conceit who don’t have true ability and sincere mindset can get wealth and chances easily in the entertainment industry if they have pretty good looking, money, connection, full of arrogance wrapping with fame. There are wrong, arrogant, spoiled entertainers a lot living upon fame and van conceit without true ability and sincere mindset. It is like giving delicious cakes to materialistic, arrogant pigs lying on the gold bed in the entertainment industry. Although there are true entertainers as an artist, those sincere people’s portion is smaller than spoiled entertainers depending on their appearance and vain conceit. Even wrong entertainers gain huge enormous money without true effort and ability because the wrong system based on ‘lookism and fame’ spoils entertainers and entertainment business. Consequently, the balance in entertainment industry is broken, important priority is getting forgotten, and systems are getting spoiled. Most of all, this corrupt, spoiled system influences society system, too.
Needless to say, people who tend to be enthusiastic and influenced by wrong entertainers and mass media help corruption, and spoil system because an audience eventually gives fame and wealth to entertainers. An audience tends to be easily brainwashed and influenced by what the mass media generate whether it is right or not. Human beings usually cannot see the truth. They just follow it like a puppet on the string. Audience should not be a slave of mass media; they have to be an owner of mass media. The reason I often give an example of mass media is, it is getting very powerful to influence people and society. Mass media is one of sources that swirls society system and even brainwashes people in society.
I don’t try to criticize ‘lookism’ or cosmetic surgery stuff. I am criticizing about the wrong system which makes wrong things right and superior. I strongly feel that people need to cut the string binding them to be controlled by mass media. People should try to hold wisdom to see what is right and what is wrong.
After all, true ability is from good and sincere mindset, not from appearance. People’s uniqueness, true ability, creativity, sincerity, integrity and humility should be priority rather than ‘lookism’ and materialism. People including me should not be a slave of wrong people, wrong system and temptation in world; we have to be an owner of them.
Additionally, The more richer and popular people are, the more humble they should be not to lose their spirit to devil's temptation. When people are humble, at least they are able to see themselves.