Superficial Failure

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Beware of the beauty cult.

An engaging personality is good. Same with physical attractiveness. Both can facilitate business and personal relationships. But neither is a substitute for real value.

As a society, we, globally, have overestimated the value of attractiveness. In some cases on the female side of the equation, this is a last vestige of an era when women had little to no rights or value as productive individuals, but rather were forced to rely on their physical charms to secure a stable financial future in the form of marriage, prostitution, or other profession that traded use of the female body for value. Now, even though in most of the world that model has come to an end as a dominant career path, some of its traces are seen in the modern business world. Looks and personal magnetism can still take the place of real job skills.

This is far from being limited to the female gender. People of both sexes have been taught to use their superficial aspects to avoid the real hard work of rising to the top of their field. This isn’t even a purely professional problem, either. It’s even worse on the personal level. All too often we use our personality, popularity, attractiveness, and emotional and mental manipulation skills to substitute for building relationships based on mutual benefit.

The bottom line is that a healthy society is built on hard work, achievement, ingenuity, creativity, and voluntary, mutually-benefitial exchange. The global economy benefits from each and every contribution from all engaged productive individuals. The more people focus their lives on using their looks and charm to get away with creating as little as possible, the more opportunities we miss to better the world, and the lives of all its denizens.

Beware of the beauty cult. Resist its lure. Charm should never be a substitute for actual worth.

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.