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For one, it tells us that we are hugely critical creatures. The fact that I am writing this now tells me that most of us feel it is our birth-right to openly pass judgement and critique anyone we lay eyes on: be it our own friends and friends, colleagues, or even more so, people we don't, and will never know. We do it as a matter of course, usually without any thought, and rarely any guilt. Is this a bad thing? Many would say not. It's human nature to have opinions and share them, many would say, and I partly agree. But then, it's human nature to do many things, like pass waste on a daily basis, for example; it's just we evolved to learn to do it behind closed doors!
Renee Zellweger, like all of her surgically-enhanced (or 'lifestyle'-enhanced) predecessors, did what made her happy. She did what she felt she had to do to cope with this horrific ageing process (as we're taught to see it). Yes, it is a disturbing sight to see someone change beyond all recognition, but surely she's somewhat a product of our society: a society where it's human nature to pass judgements and opinions on people, especially women. Not just judgements, but often the coldest, cruellest, most venomous and soul-destroying judgements we possibly can. If Zellweger had continued to age 'gracefully', she would still have faced the judgement of the masses one way or another. Even before her new look, the press were always quick to make unnecessary and mean comments about her 'failed' movie, bad haircut or maturing looks. She couldn't win.
Many of us who were so taken aback by Renee's appearance, felt happy to express how disturbing we found it, but some people, both journalists and Tweeters alike, wanted to completely annihilate her with nasty comments. Funnily enough, many of these people probably won't age 'gracefully' themselves, but will do what their budget allows to prolong their own looks. Are we as a society so critical of others because it takes us away from our own battles with the mirror? When we see the results of dramatic surgery, do we cringe and complain because we thank God we haven't sank to such lows of self-loathing yet? Well if we all continue slagging each others' looks off as much as we do, we won't be far behind, one way or another.
Some people believe in respecting the ageing process and don't try to fight it; others reach for the Botox to stave off those inevitable wrinkles. One thing's for sure, if we don't stop excreting our negative critiques of others into the public arena, the next generation will all be injecting and cutting their faces, without a second thought.