Make me perfect

Saturday’s Guardian weekend magazine featured a  seven page article on the work of photographer Zed Nelson who spent five years in17 countries discovering how far people will go in their quest for physical perfection. from breasts to feet and from eyelids to vaginal tissue- his work is shocking and poignant. The article and accompanying photos made me feel sad and sorry for these people who failed to see their real natural beauty and loveliness as they strived so heard for something else they thought would made them perfect. I was shocked to discover that in Brazil once a month professor Ivo Pitanguy and his team of plastic surgeons offer their service free to the nation’s poor who come searching for breast augmentation and tummy tucks: these operations would normally cost around $3k. Can you believe it- plastic surgery charity as a form of social service?

Now virtually each one of us would like to change something about ourselves, but going under the knife to increase our self esteem in order  to match some vision of perfection that we may strive for cannot be right- can it? ” I am God’s workmanship- His handiwork- born anew in Christ to do His work. I am made in the image of God and I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ and I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Someone tell these people they are beautiful!

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