I just read a post on some guy’s blog on appearances, how we place too much value on it and it’s not right etc, etc. and that it we shouldn’t think that much about it. The link to his blog has since died.
It got me thinking about why appearance matters. I was thinking about why so many people found value in it, when it’s supposed to be simply superficial and shallow. One thing that really got me was when the word money popped into my mind, out of the blue.
I am pretty much anti-capitalist, and am a fan of friendly barter. But without money, how can one survive in this present economy? Physically, money is just a piece of quality paper. The thing is, we place value on money because everyone else places value on it. If no one cared about it, money would be valueless, except when in desperate need for something to write on. So appearance matters because we have an unstated/implicit rule or agreement that it does.
It’s just mankind’s way of saying, “Appearance gives me satisfaction, and that satisfaction should be worth something more than feelings. It should add value to a person who possesses it.” And thus, it does.
So if everyone places a value on appearances, does it not mean that appearances are more than just shallow and superficial, and might actually have tangible value? If money has value, appearances should have it too, simply because everyone values it.
So can we say that it doesn’t matter anymore?
I love to read and write. Professionally, data science, technology, and sales ops are my thing. In my non-professional life, I aspire quite simply to be a good person, and encourage others to do the same. For those who care, I test as INFJ/INTJ (55/45?) in the MBTI.