Because God Created Me so Ugly
Posted December 8, 2007on:
The death of Donda West, Kanye West’s mother, struck American public and made them realize how much they had been in love with plastic surgery. According to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) nearly 11.5 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2006, with liposuction as the most performed surgical procedure and botox as the most performed nonsurgical procedure. The industry of plastic surgery is predicted to grow bigger in coming years where in 2005 Americans spent almost $12.2 billion on cosmetic procedures. Plastic surgery has become a new way for millions of women and men in America to fit themselves into the new kind of world: A new world where being beautiful is all about being young and sexy. These people don’t want to have wrinkles on their faces as they grow older or too much fat on their bellies when they eat too much. This phenomenon is inevitable since Hollywood depicts beautiful women to have big (proportional) breasts, slim bodies, and soft skin.
In Indonesia, the industry of plastic surgery may not be as big as it is in the West. But, the trend shows that more and more women in big cities in Indonesia perform cosmetic procedures. More Indonesian women want to have better noses and more proportional breasts like the movie stars they see on the magazines. And since the high-income people, especially women, are getting more aware that being fat is not a sign of prosperousness at all, they spend money as much as possible to look physically attractive.
While plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures are more accepted culturally, this modern people’s new hobby is something that religious people may not agree about. If you ask some traditional people about their opinion on cosmetic plastic surgery they will say that plastic surgery is against God’s will. They will say that people need to appreciate and accept the things that God has given and just live happily with them. But at the same time they won’t contend that one’s life should be improved as God gives humans abilities to move forward and make new things in life. Most traditional religious leaders would say that people don’t need plastic surgery to be accepted, valued, and loved. An article on christianitytoday explains it is a myth that how you feel about yourself is related to how you actually look. That is a very positive enlightment showing how you look physically is less important than what you have inside. But, in this kind of world where people keep appreciating what others wear or have, it is obviously so hard especially for young people to have that mindset. Even a famous Evangelist Paula White admits she’s had cosmetic procedures to make her look young and beautiful. If you see her picture for the first time without knowing that she is a famous pastor who with her ex husband built Without Walls as one of the fastest-growing congregations in America, you will probably think that she is a Hollywood actress.
In life, I personally believe that tangible elements may not be as important as intagible elements. But, it doesn’t mean they are not important, both elements are just so much connected. Tangible elements are needed to improve the intangible elements. For instance, praying to God is considered a media for a person to improve his or her heart and mental stability (intangible) but without a healthy body someone can’t perform it well. That’s why doctors recommend people to exercise not just to have good bodies but also to be healthy. We have this old proverb in Indonesia Di dalam tubuh yang kuat ada jiwa yang sehat or within a strong body there’s a healthy soul. It is a misleading idea brought up by indolent people that “looking good” is not important at all as long as you can maintain your intangible condition healthy. Maintaining your physical appearance is not always about being beautiful, attractive, or sexy. It is also about being healthy, dynamic, and most importantly it is about being respectful to God for the all the things God has given us.
Now. Is plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes part of those things that people can do in order to make them better as humans? If Jesus were still alive would he perform a plastic surgery to fix his nose or to have some facelifts so he could be more confident to gain great achievements in life? Would you?
Second picture: Paula White, A famous American Pastor.