Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Vanity in NY and Elsewhere

The following is important news in New York. According to the NY Daily News in an article on Feb. 16th, cosmetic surgeons are complaining that business is in a slump, because of the recession. Facelifts and other cosmetic surgeries are down 20% to 50% according to Crain's NY Business. Baby boomers who don't want to grow old or (heaven forbid) look old, have spent millions on plastic surgery in recent years. Even young adults have joined the plastic surgery craze. So it seems for the time being, $20,000 facelifts are out, (for most) and less pricey options are in, such as Botox. I have a very reasonable solution for fighting wrinkles and that's eating blueberries. Blueberries can prevent wrinkles and there is no down time. And they are also good for the brain. 
We live in a celebrity-obsessed culture so perhaps that is where the desire to stay young looking comes from. As Christians, we know that real beauty comes from within, the beauty and confidence that comes from knowing that you are a child of God, made in God's image and likeness. Our inherent self-worth comes from knowing we have value because we are created by God and called to be in relationship with the Divine. We are baptized into the life of the Trinity, how awesome is that! It's a shame so few people realize that reality and are convinced of it. 
I think it's important that we get that message out.....especially to young people.