We've been too many decades of being dragged like sheep by appearance, by first impressions that by majority turn out to be false, lacking of
substance, and a repetitive lesson of "all that glistens is not gold". We've structured our whole lives around some Hollywood-created image of
what is beauty, of what is "in", of what has value.
We're being brought down by one real person at a time. A slow, steady and patient (as they have been all their lives) stream of real people are
bringing us to our Shallow-Hal knees and showing us that the reason that such things as internet discussion boards are where the REAL action is.
Those of us who have lived on boards like this for going on 2 decades now have known that we get to know the REAL person...their mind, their spirit,
their soul. The distractive trappings of the physical body are taken out of the equation and we are free to indulge the fullness of the real person
living within that corporeal being.
The rest of the world is being dragged, clapping, crying and jaw-smacked, into that same reality. It began in 2007 when Paul Potts, an unassuming
cell phone salesman, took the stage on Britain's Got Talent. Unlike American Idol, the show is a true talent show unencumbered by "marketability"
and more toward finding the hidden talents of the common people. Paul Potts emerged on the international stage not as a potential "idol", but as a
chubby, disheveled man who had been ridiculed and bullied in his younger years and had found his real being in his voice. He had the guts to share
that real person with others. When asked why he was there, he stated "to sing opera". The dread of both the judges and audience was palpable. But
what emerged when Mr. Potts began to sing was the revelation of a real being...a beautiful being...baring himself to the world, and being accepted as
the wonderous gift he is to humanity.
And now there is Susan Boyle. A 47 year old woman who has never been married, never been kissed, ridiculed as a child and teenager for a disability,
who has revealed her transformation before judges and the world. She has sang her being to us, and moved us.
If you go and read the comments on these people's fan sites, and the youtube pages you will find hundreds of people who have been sincerely touched
by the revelation they witness in these performances. It's not about whether these are the most perfect voices, or the most trained voices, but the
revelation of the being through these voices. You will see them voicing the epiphany they have experienced through the experience of these beautiful
people baring themselves to us, and forcing us to see that all around us is awesome, beautiful and worthy.
And then you'll see the hateful rhetoric of a few...those who believe the Dorian Gray-ish portrait they believe is locked deep within their soul
can't be discerned by those of us who see the vessel they dwell in that matches the iconic model that has been sold us. You will see them talk with
a haughtiness that comes from not knowing that their eyes, their mouths and their actions are windows to their soul, and we see the scabbing,
festering secret unveiled.
We are being Shallow-Hal'd...and thank God for it. Embrace the value of all God's children around us and see they bring worth to the world, they
bring joy to our souls, and they are deserving of love as much, if not more, than we are.
Don't wait for or force them to sing for their meal.
[edit on 4-14-2009 by Valhall]