Susan, who is a woman you probably wouldn't give a second glance at if you passed her on the street, steps onstage looking hopeful and very normal. Since I was raised in the if-you-can't-say-something-nice-about-someone-don't-say-anything-at-all school of social etiquette, and I don't generally watch this kind of show, I'm actually appalled at the open mockery the judges and audience heap on her. My mother, God rest her soul, would *not* approve.
Then the music starts, and Susan's beautiful voice takes wing. The shock on the faces of the spectators is comical. Simon Cowell's jaw just about hits the floor.
The video got me thinking about the high value we put on superficial beauty. Why are we so shocked when someone who isn't beautiful is talented? It's not as though beauty and talent are carried on the same chromosome. My guess is since we're constantly bombarded by media with images of beautiful, talented, successful people, we've absorbed the twisted message that without beauty, we can't be talented or successful.
Now we all love Susan, because she's made us believe in ourselves and in each other. I wonder what talents the perfectly normal people around me are hiding?
All the best!
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