Thursday, April 12, 2012
Embracing the Burn
I am opinionated. I'm not one to shove my opinions down your throat, but I'm also not about to allow you to force feed me yours, either. I'll politely listen to you. I'll nod my head and respectfully allow you to finish. But be warned that if I do have a different view, you will know.
I don't know where this trait came from...I suppose my mother could be to blame. But the odd part about it coming from her side is that she is just an all around people person: Always talking, always meeting new people, knows someone literally everywhere you go...one of those ladies :)
My dad, on the other hand, is who I've always thought myself to be more similar to than my mom. My dad hates crowds (me), isn't very outgoing (me again), and could spend days alone in his man cave (definitely me...although it would be my more feminine sort of a
Anywho, let's just say I got into a bit of a debate on Facebook. You know, I really get myself into it sometimes with these stinkin' fan pages that always ask for your opinion on conveniently controversial issues. This one was plastic surgery. As women, we are constantly getting the whole plastic surgery spiel shoved in our faces and whether it is "right or wrong". Well, I'm going to start by saying that in this day and age, how do you even define "right" and "wrong"? I mean, you can wave around the principles regarding morality that the Bible teaches all you want, but it's extremely clear that some people really could not care less about what the pages of the holy book has to say about anything, let alone morality. So where do you even start?
Do you think it is wrong to consider plastic surgery?
My response came quickly...part of why I love sharing my opinions on the internet is that I can allow my true feelings and thoughts to just flow, not worrying about grammar or spelling, and then I am able to go back, re-read, and change my statements before actually making them. But here's how I started:
I am personally not for cosmetic surgeries unless there is some major, life-altering reason behind needing the surgery performed (such as Cleft palate or burn victim cases). Bluntly (no offense intended) I think it's very selfish, superficial, and wasteful. Just my opinion though.
I checked back a few minutes later to see an angry woman with this response:
When people say plastic surgery is for those who don't love who they are or are superficial - I laugh. By that line of thinking anyone who wears makeup, gets their hair done, their nails, tans, teeth whitened, etc. must hate themselves and be superficial as well.
This is when I get excited. Is it wrong for me to get all sorts of pumped when I get people riled up by just stating my opinions? I made it pretty clear that I wasn't attacking anyone, merely stating my view as the fan page owner had asked for. Here's what I came back with:
It's more towards an extreme version of being superficial is what I meant by my statement. Spending thousands (and in some cases millions) of dollars just for vanity's sake on a body that is going to deteriorate eventually, with or without surgery, is sad. You could be feeding starving children. You could be providing clean water for those who don't have access to it. You could be investing in furthering your education - something that will last you your entire lifetime. Instead you'd rather have bigger breasts, fewer wrinkles, and a tighter ass. It's more of a morals and priorities issue in my book. I'm not trying to call anyone out - I'm just stating my opinion in that I, me, myself, would never be able to maintain a guilt-free conscience after spending that amount of money on something fueled solely by vanity.
Regardless of the crude comments or hate I may get from sharing my opinions, I think the freedom to do so is something every person should be entitled to. As a community of people and as a country, I think we need to give others enough respect to allow them to express their differences in opinions without being persecuted, shot down, or personally attacked for doing so.
I want to know your views on plastic surgery - Worth it? Waste of time? Good decision? Bad decision? Would you ever consider going under the knife for cosmetic reasons?