Strange things happen to vicars! Today I got a call from a TV production company asking whether I would publicise their search for people to take part in a makeover TV programme (flyer above). There have also been other times I have had similar requests from TV companies. I agreed to do so, and don’t regret it, but it did set me wondering about the current desire for makeovers.
With most questions of ethics there is a line somewhere that should not be crossed, but where does this lie when it comes to self presentation? Or is there no line?
Might it be a question of taste, or might it be about intent?
When I started writing this blog I thought that there was a line, but as I write it I am finding it very difficult to draw it.
Take plastic surgery; my initial reaction was that there is a difference between someone who needs it because they have been badly burnt, and someone who wants to look prettier. But now that seems like prejudice; why shouldn’t someone choose to look prettier? I am finding it difficult to find a rule which differentiates one case from the other. This is possibly because the only difference I can see between them is one of degree.
There are perhaps other arguments concerning the use of resources, but I suspect that most people would agree that there are some people who should receive this – so where is that line?
As part of my Lent discipline I am reading The Way to Love, and the passage I read today challenged me to see people, because only if I see the real person can I love them; if I do not see the real person then what I am loving is what I get from them, and when I stop getting whatever it is I will stop loving them.
Perhaps our attitude to makeovers is also about how well we see the person.