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.