Sunday, January 17, 2016

With Regards To Faces

I wondered... who I was, and what exactly was looking at the face in the mirror.

"Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. ...People are much more complicated than that. It's true of everybody."
- Lettie Hempstock, from "The Ocean at the End of the Lane," by Neil Gaiman

"Look at that face. Gives you the willies."
- the chicken, from "Neverwhere"

What would you name this dog? [photo]
 - social network post

Faces are what we show to the world. We don't get a lot of chioce in their shape, or color, or folicle density. All that we can affect is the grooming and any layers of painted concealment on top of them.

And yet, for the remarkably little control we have over them, we are each judged for our faces. It seems silly, when you actually sit down to think of it, to judge someone by something they have little control over. You might as well determine who you are nice to and who you are mean to with a flip of the coin, for all the control anyone has over their faces.

Just like if you practice enough, you can get a little control over the flipping of the coin, so too can anyone, with a little practice (or a lot of money)  change at least how their face is perceived, if not actually how it appears.

On the social media post, the public was in a frency over what to name the dog, but the dog wasn't doing anything to impart its personality. The dog was posing, sitting in front of a solid backdrop, merely looking into the camera. If you can't keep from judging a mere dog by its fur color and skin tone, what hope do you have in not judging fellow humans with the same limitations?