Oh I do have a knack for incorporating the past into the present, don’t I? So here goes, are you ready? Once upon a time, a very long time ago, there was a Greek philosopher named Protagoras, who stated that “Man is the measure of all things”. His chaotic quote is historically significant because it teaches us that that there is no absolute truth; human judgement, taste and perception are considered subjective. This statement even deems scientific facts and mathematical solutions as false. Think about it…there is no absolute truth because truth is measured by man, and man’s discernment will always be based on their own personal experience.
Let’s take one of society’s biggest problem: criticism. People will always be criticised for their attitude, words and behaviour, and social media has intensified this problem. We are judged every day because of our appearance, our economic situations or even our pollical stance. We will be judged for posts, our selfies and our tweets no matter where we are. However, you need to remember that nothing is absolute. Even God is man-made because there is no physical truth behind his existence, there is just a book, allegedly written by Him, telling us how to live our lives.
Our judgement recently has been clouded by the media and the people that control it. If the media or a prolific star claims that ‘X’ is the most beautiful human being in the world, people will naturally concur. Let’s take for example, Nicki Minaj, many men adore her, but why? She is not beautiful nor is her talent comparable to Missy Elliott’s. It only took one accomplished singer, i.e. Drake, to say that, “Nicki Minaj is the bomb”, for her to reach stardom. Now every girl wants to be like Nicki with her fake boobs and ass. The phrase ‘Only God can judge’ has swiftly turned into ‘only people in the limelight can judge’. Look at what happened to Cindy Kimberley when Justin Bieber posted a picture of the normal, Spanish teen on his Instagram-she became an overnight sensation!
Where am I going with this? Erm, yes! The ‘truth’, in this instance, beauty, is now a kitsch, with a touch of idiosyncrasy and a pinch of plastic surgery. Beauty, as it remains will forever be judged by man. From Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to the god forsaken, Megan Barton Hanson, beauty is certainly in a state of devolution; terrifying in the way that it goes beyond all possibility of measurement.
So my fellow First World Inhabitants, it appears that whatever we do and wherever we go, we are prone to criticism. But remember, nothing is absolute! Just pray that Justin Bieber posts a picture of you soon on his Instagram…