The Disappearance of Appearances

The Disappearance of Appearances November 23, 2020

The eyes can be deceiving, but they are not nearly as blurry as our misperceptions, nor as blinding as our biases.

Windows to the soul. / Image by 250432 from Pixabay

Take the way we are tempted to judge the value of the strangers we meet. What we see first is merely their outer shell. Yet, in scarcely the blink of an eye we may judge by the appearance of this shell the character of the person who dwells within.

When you think about it, we really have no control over the shell we were cast in when we began our journey in life. Our skin color, body type, facial appearances, genetic dispositions, physical attributes or handicaps, our gait, the tone and quality of our voices — all these physical characteristics and much more — are just a shell.

And this shell is merely an illusion. Culture and social customs might try and convince us to value people based on how they look, but appearances have little to do with representing the soul of the being that dwells within them.

Piercing this superficial illusion as though it were translucent will bring about an intellectual epiphany. One that has the power to eradicate the misconceptions and biases we manifest towards others.

We need only see through these outer shells with the understanding that everyone we meet is just like us – only slightly different. And this casts everyone in an aura of mystery that renders them worthy to be heard, felt and understood.

About Scott Stahlecker
Scott Stahlecker is freelance writer and the author of the novel "Blind Guides and “Picking Wings Off Butterflies.” Thinkadelics is about discussing the benefits of being a freethinker with insightful tips, newsworthy posts, and in-depth features. You can read more about the author here.

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2 responses to “The Disappearance of Appearances”

  1. Hey, Scott, glad to be back again. You always offer up thoughtful pieces and ideas to ponder.

    Thought for you: a certain segment of the population seems invested in getting everyone to see only the most shallow aspects of each other and to judge each other harshly. I think back to my earliest elementary school years, when we watched “Free to Be You and Me” in the classroom and learned songs like “This Land is Your Land” and “The ink is black/the page is white”. This was the tail end of the 1960s. My kids went to school at the very beginning of the “No child left untested!” era, where they had to listen to songs like “Proud to be an American”. (BTW, that song rose to popularity under the Reagan administration…I”m just sayin’).

  2. Thanks. I missed hearing from you.

    You make me think about how much our childhood can influence us later in life. In a few generations kids go from learning “The Ink is Black,” to “Proud to be an American,” to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” That’s a huge shift from songs that encouraged togetherness to those that boost the ego. 60s and 70s were great years for music too, musicians had so much originality back then! That said, I’m learning to like rap. I don’t like the music too much since I have a drumming background and I don’t like fake sounds, so it’s more for the poetic quality of the lyrics.

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