"I am for the birds, not for the cages in which people sometimes place them." John Cage
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Ephebism: Gods Among Us
In a lot of traditional cultures, care was taken to display the human form in a perfected light. Often signs of age and disease were erased from a person's face, and physical imperfections such as moles and scars were removed. In Greek culture in particular, emphasis was placed on physical strength and vitality because the Greeks believed that the outward beauty of a person reflected their spiritual beauty as well. They even represented their gods in this same manner, creating sculptures of their deities that reflected the human form in its physical prime. Since the Western world is based heavily on Greek culture and art, we can see traces of Ephebism in our own society. In modern times, we idolize the beauty of athletes and actors, isolating them from the rest of the population and placing them on pedestals. Photo editing and make-up allows us to get rid of the physical imperfections that make celebrities human, elevating them to demigod status. If we are as progressed as we believe we are, why do we still put so much emphasis on physical perfection and not the beauty of a person's character? Are there really gods among men in this day and age?