These Are Our Priorities

I heard about this video last night, when I watched a clip of Anderson Cooper talking Susan Boyle, a 47 year-old woman on Britain's Got Talent. Apparently, it's an internet sensation. Apparently, it is incredibly inspiring.

Now, many people could view this many different ways, and if you are moved by it, I can't blame you, because Boyle's voice is beautiful and realizing one's dream is not something to dismiss.

But it made me deeply sad. Not Boyle herself, but the reactions of the snickering crowd and the judges and the Seacrest knock-offs backstage. Look at this! they seem to say, It's an unattractive woman who somehow has worth in this world! It's amazing how she overcame her crippling deficiencies, the pretty blonde judge seems to be wandering as she stands and applauds.

It's no secret our society values beauty. In fact, I don't know there's ever been a society in the history of humanity which didn't put it's most attractive specimens on a pedestal. What bothers me is how now, suddenly, Susan Boyle is a person worthy of our admiration because she got onstage and sang like a songbird for our enjoyment. How inferior that is to real love, to how God loves Susan Boyle...how twisted and disgusting that we should treat His creation in this way.


  1. Amen, and amen. Why we keep looking for a reason to love, when Love is the Reason?

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  3. I love that you posted this and wholeheartedly agree. I must have received that video at least 4 times and everyone gasping at how such a woman like her could do something worthy of applause and recognition.

  4. I'm the one listed as "Anonymous" above...not sure what I did.

    But anyway...thank you for posting this and for expressing the love of the Father.

  5. I felt the same way...thanks for this.

  6. So true! And with her confidence and sense of humor, there was some real beauty coming through, not just the beauty of her voice. And yet everything I've heard or read focuses on how "unattractive" she is. How blind we are sometimes.

  7. It's true that it's sad that the audience (including us who watched it on video) had formed an opinion about Ms. Boyle before she started singing. But the blame goes way beyond the audience. We music buyers have, at least since MTV came into being, created a market for singers who fit a certain mold. We're all guilty of it.

    One can view that video clip with sadness, but one can also choose to see the glass half full: the fact that the audience did see this woman's inner beauty before she finished her song.

  8. Man, I felt the same way when I watched the video. The thing I kept wondering when the audience was snickering is, "Geez, why does everyone assume since she's 'ugly' that she can't sing well?"

    Because, as a matter of fact, I know a lot of attractive people who I'd prefer nails on a chalkboard compared to their singing.

    Sad. Sad. Sad.

    I guess it's even worse that it's deemed newsworthy and received so much media attention because she's the "ugly" woman who could sing.

    Seems if they were trying to maintain their integrity, the headline would have read along the lines of, "British Audience Misjudges Beauty"

  9. It certainly is a good visual representation of the old adage that we cannot judge a book by its cover.

  10. Have you read Michael Hyatt's comments on this? http://michaelhyatt.com/2009/04/what’s-holding-you-back.html

    A good reminder that judging by outward appearance is rather an old story.

  11. Jordan, we heard about this and watched it just before I saw your post, becaue someone said it would be funny and we should watch it. But I was so sad, too, I had tears in my eyes. I really just wanted to cry because I feel like life treats me like the audience did Susan sometimes, even though I know that God values me so much for doing nothing at all.

  12. Wow, I think we feel the same way about our society and Susan Boyle, but my reaction was exactly the opposite... http://bit.ly/2Jb5

  13. The thing that touched me about this video, other than putting the audience in its place, was the fact that she finally realized her dream.

    Because of the way society is, she carried the doubts about her self-worth into her late forties. She had only recorded one song previously and it was released on a collection CD that only had 1,000 copies.

    While it is a sorry testament to society, I'm blessed by the fact that, after all those years, she has been affirmed. And I wish for her the best in everything she does from this day forward.

  14. Look at the millions of hits that the video has achieved in less than a week. On some level we all know that we "play the game" and that the game is sick.

    The fact that this corrective piece of video emerged from the realm of "reality television" is ironic.

  15. Can I interject something without getting my head chewed off?

    There are reasons why she lives alone with Pebbles and has never been kissed. – I would guess they do not have that much to do with physical appearance.

    If you want to really make it in the music industry you take reality as it is and do what it takes. We all do this. It’s a part of being wise. I shower, shave, watch my weight and go to a job everyday because I want to have regular sex with a woman and provide for my family. This is part of the deal. People may not want to acknowledge that, but it is part of the unspoken duties of living and thriving in a working society.

    I’m not saying the check on our cynicism this video has generated isn’t justified and a great thing. The response in some respects feels a bit patronizing. I believe this is because we are not making Susan take personal responsibility for the reasons why where she is in her singing career.

  16. Maybe I'm trying too hard to justify the fact that I loved the video of Susan Boyle, but I think there's more to the commotion than just "Look! An ugly woman who can sing!" At least for a lot of the people I know who have watched it and the comments all over the Internet I've read.
    People are excited for her because she was able to stand on a stage in front of thousands of people (and then millions of YouTube watchers) and prove us all wrong. They're happy that she had the final word--and not just happy to see that talent lies outside of a beautiful face.
    Also, I think it was because this is a 47-year-old woman who still sleeps in the room she did as a child and only entered the contest b/c it was the dream of her dead mother. Even if she were beautiful, that would make for a great story.
    Yes, it's sad to see that snarky teen in the audience roll her eyes and it's ridiculous that the judges wrote her off as soon as she took the stage. But can't we just rejoice in the fact that a woman who was unemployed and dreamed of being the next Elaine Paige is being given this opportunity b/c she took a chance and went on national TV?

  17. random, paul and jarrod:

    I really do understand the other side of this, which is that this is a great clip of a woman realizing her dreams, and a crowd pleasantly repenting of judging a book by it's cover.

    For some reason, and maybe it's my mentality, the dark side of this hit me first.


  18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxOytYLlhiQ

    This is a clip from a Britain's Got Talent that is equally astounding, but that didn't get as much press as Susan Boyle.

    Just thought I'd put it out there.

  19. I definitely agree. Its like they believe that she isn't attractive in this society's standards that this means that she has no beauty to offer the world. Its as if they are amazed that she can have a beautiful voice because of her appearance which THEY deem as less than admirable. This society makes me sick sometimes!