Thursday, April 21, 2011

Michael Collings, Susan Boyle, beauty and human nature

So a plump and scruffy bloke called Michael Collings has wowed 'em on Britain's got Talent and is being hailed as the next Susan Boyle. He hasn't generated the same amount of interest but he's going pretty strong. It's fascinating that so many people find it surprising (and often even inspiring) that someone who doesn't look all that flash can sing so beautifully.

Of course lefties would say this is all down to social conditioning. I think that's a big part of it. But there does appear to be something deeper going on as well. I'm not saying this is a good thing, mind, but there does seem to be this iron iron law coded into our DNA that says we must believe that pretty people are better at everything, even making pleasing sounds.

We all know it's false and wrong, but we obey it nonetheless. You can see this all the time - and not just in popular culture. Beautiful women and tall, handsome men seem to be inordinately rewarded in pretty much any field you care to imagine. It's just so bloody cruel. That's why people often sook up when they see it broken. It's as if they're saying: "Screw you, nature! There's one for God, civilization and justice!"

Then we go back to worshipping physical beauty for another year or two until another fugly duckling with an angelic voice pops up and reminds us how shallow and subservient we are!

1 comment:

  1. and why would 'lefties' say anything in particular, let alone what you perceive they might say? What is a 'leftie' anyway Matt? Someone who doesn't think your way, ergo they are deserving of a pejorative adjective? You ppl are all so very predictable, not to mention paranoid.