Lookism – Our tendency to discriminate bad-looking individuals:
Posted by khuram on March 18, 2007
Lookism i.e. our tendency to discriminate bad-looking people prevails in our attitudes. Even small children discriminate bad-looking childs. Good looking childs don’t (at least tend to avoid) play with bad looking childs. They even beat them. Elders also pay less attention to bad looking childs. Individual’s appearance has very much to do with the over-all social status for him/ her. Bad apparence is bad but it becomes evil if it is artificial. Sometimes discussion on Lookism takes into consideration Darwin’s “Survival of Fittest Principle” as well. In that context, I agree only to a partial point that natural selection means tendency of selecting good looking and better life partners but I disagree to the survival of fittest principle. If fittest means good looking, or more healthy, or more intelligent or clever; then according to survival of fittest principle, majority population should consist of good looking, more healthy etc. people. This is not true not only for humans, but for other animals as well. Majority human population consists of ordinary looking common people. In animals, “superior” breeds of animals are in so much minority that even the future survival of many of those breeds is in danger. Many superior and the fittest species already have been extinguished. Total number of Lions, Tigers, and Elephants etc. are not more than some thousands in our present world. Whereas the most inferior species i.e. bacteria is the majority species of world.
Bad appearance is bad in the sense that it does not give pleasant feelings to observers. On the other side, to discriminate, or to misbehave with bad looking individuals is also bad because it hurts other fellow beings. One way to counter this ethical problem is to educate people to pay some sort of artificial good treatment to bad looking people. The other way is that bad looking people should try to become good looking, even artificially. I just recently have started watching TV regularly. I think it is the ad of “Nikhar” beauty cream where at first a boy comments for a somewhat bad looking girl that he shall “decide to marry her after thinking”. After it, the girl starts using “Nikhar” beauty cream. And as a result, ball goes to the court of girl and now girl says: “I shall decide to marry him after thinking”.
Micheal Jackson is good example of an attempt to look good, even artificially. Anyways, Bad looking couple would reproduce bad looking offspring. Good-looking couple would reproduce good-looking offspring. But if one partner in couple is good looking and the other is bad looking, then offspring shall be better than bad looking. The diffusion of white man with Negro has taken place in the recent history of America. The resulting whole new generation is having chocolate like colour.
Its rational result is that good-looking people should try hard to find good-looking people as their partners and bad looking people also should try hard to make good-looking people as their partners. It is a strange result. But it is the only way to upgrade the over-all appearance quality of humanity’s next generations.