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Sometimes I wish I had the wisdom and power to effectively communicate my thoughts and my feelings in a more direct and exact manner. Sometimes you have something you know and understand to be true and this knowledge is so powerful that you would be committing a sin by not telling others about it. That's the case for many religions. The people of that faith, care so much about their religion and in turn you that they would not be a friend or a decent human being if they did not share such a powerful message with the people in their life.

That is how I feel about this video released by the Dove Self-Esteem campaign.

Really, what have we become? I've always known our sense of beauty was being warped to some degree, but I had no idea it was like this. I honestly just didn't know. What are we doing to ourselves? What damage are we doing to our kids and our relationships when we are fed a reality that just doesn't exist? I am truly saddened. Here is one area of technology that I as a geek just am not proud of. I am ashamed.

The hardest thing for me is now that I know that the reality of beauty is being warped to such a high degree, what can I do about it? What can any of us do? I feel this is wrong on so many levels, but what can be done to change it? Spreading the knowledge about it is being done. Dove is doing an amazing job tackling this issue, but how do we stop it?

And how twisted have we already become without knowing it. Just how messed up am I?

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 10:49 AM | Back to top

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As a man that has sat 2 cubes from you for 2 years, I can say that you are not messed up. You have never bought it. You live your life for you and your happiness... And your happiness is your family.

Now, how do we change it?? The Children are the key to the future. Raise your children in your image. Don't play the game with them. The game that compares them to anything else but them selves.

It's gross that it is a consumers world. The society is designed to influnce the people to purchase things that will make them happy, beatuiful and fullfilled. Unfortunatly, the more we work towards these dreams, the more empty we feel. I heard a quote by George Carlin that, for me is truth on so many levels.. "The American dream is only a reality when you are asleep." This applies to so many things in our lives that we loose track.

I sign off with my 2 favorite quotes. I wish that I knew the Authors, but unforunalty, I don't.

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming.......... WOW...................What A Ride!"

"Everything you love, everything meaningful with depth and history, all passionate authentic experiences will be appropriated, mishandled, watered down, cheapened, repackaged, marketed and sold to the people you hate."

Live your life with these as a battle cry, and you won't fall for the garbage you are fed..
Left by Pucker on Oct 17, 2006 11:12 AM

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The campaign seems honorable, but the first statement made is pretty weighted, "...How did OUR idea of beauty become so distorted?" They could mean one of a few things: Dove's marketing department has a distorted view of beauty or, what I'm assuming they meant, either society as a whole or Americans have a distorted idea of beauty. To make the statement more accurate though, I think it would need to specify 'OUR' to mean the group of people that is infatuated with pop-culture and pointless media; the people that can actually name ten actors/actresses and care who they are dating, these are the people subscribing to the idea of airbrushed beauty, overpriced clothing, and supporting anorexia (believe it or not, there are pro-anorexia people out there).

Don't let their ambiguous 'our' get you worried. If you don’t subscribe the sources of corruption, if you blind and deafen yourself to their senseless propaganda you will hardly know of the BS they are trying to sell, let alone buy into it. That’s exactly how their idea of beauty became so distorted, the bought it. With each magazine, case of makeup, and wasted hour in front of a TV show that tells them to buy more makeup and magazines, they have subscribed to a fabricated idea of normal appearance. If people were meant to wear a layer of powder on their face…well, we can just stop there.
Left by Joseph Calhoon on Oct 17, 2006 12:39 PM

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Being naturally beautiful and not in need of any touchups, I had a difficult time relating to Dove's advertising. Is there still a market out there for ridiculously good looking people?
Left by Justice~! on Oct 23, 2006 6:43 AM

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