In 1968 the Mothers of Invention released an album called, “We’re Only in it For the Money.” One song was titled and asked the question, “What’s the Ugliest Part of your Body?”
In the song, Zappa sings, “some say your nose, some say your toes, but I think it’s your mind.”
I agree. Bodies aren’t ugly but minds may be.
There are no ugly body parts, but if we have an ugly mind we may believe parts of our body are ugly and therefore ugliness is what we see when we look in a mirror.
Ugly make us do irrational things. Instead of taking care of our bodies and doing what we know will help keep our bodies healthy and strong, we do things that can hurt our bodies. We want to fix what our ugly mind tells us is wrong with our body. If we’re really desperate we will fix it anyway we think will work.
Unwise solutions to rid ourselves of ugly parts of our body run the gamut from starvation diets, to surgery, to spending money on spams and scams.
The dangers of starvation diets are well know and researched. They include gallbladder disease, irregular heartbeat, changes in hair and skin as well as cognitive and emotional problems. In addition there are long-term effects. These can include liver and heart issues, which may even be as severe as organ failure and heart attack.
There is a huge difference between embracing healthy eating and exercising habits to achieve and sustain a healthy body, and rigid dieting to try to “fix ugly bodies or body parts.”
I didn’t write this blog to judge people who choose to have bariatric or cosmetic surgery. I understand why it’s important to some people. I do encourage that people considering surgery practice due diligence and when choosing a surgeon. Bariatric and plastic surgeons should be board certified. Most patients are pleased with the outcome, but it is a medical procedure and not without risks.
There is no end to the crazy and dangerous things people who hate their bodies may try. Black market procedures are no safer than doing them yourself. DON’T DO EITHER!
I’m talking about going out of the country for plastic surgery or bargain plastic surgery possibly by doctors who practice plastic surgery outside of their specialties. Some people who hate the allegedly ugly part of their body so much, they will even allow unlicensed cosmetic practitioners to “make them beautiful.” It’s not even unheard of – tragically – that people with more hate for how their body looks than the means to pay for procedures by a qualified surgeon, will even allow black market practitioners to perform services.
It makes me crazy that people waste their money on expensive, useless cures for fixing what never was ugly. It makes me sick to know allow butchers to hack up their beautiful bodies because they see ugliness that’s not real.
Beauty is in your mind. Your body is beautiful. Believe it because it’s true!
It’s my hope that we teach our minds to appreciate our bodies for how beautiful they are.
It’s my wish that we stop mutilating ourselves in the name of beauty or seeking some kind of false perception of perfection.
It’s my belief that we can do this! Let’s recognize and appreciate all of body parts for the beautiful, perfection they really are.