I’m sure most of you have seen or at least heard of the latest shockingly good contestant on Britain’s Got Talent TV show. Susan Boyle is her name and she sings “I Dreamed a Dream” which is Fantine’s solo from Les Miserables (my favorite musical) where she talks of having a dream, but life’s circumstances prevent them.
Why was her performance shocking? Why was Paul Potts’ from last year? Yeah, they’re both good, better than good. Their performances were shocking because of their less-than-ideal visual appearance. I venture to guess that if both of them were poor singers, we would never have missed a beat, never seen them. But if someone gorgeous by certain standards was on the show and sounded HORRIBLE, we’d see that on YouTube too. Think I’m off base? Watch American Idol tryouts on TV… Or go watch the two interviews and performances linked above…and watch people’s faces before they start singing and then after. Actually, I encourage you to watch…Susan seems like a precious woman. One of the judges even says, “I think everyone in here was against you.”
The underlying theme here is that we often expect more out of good looking people. It’s an old concept…not judging a book by its cover but as Christians we should strive to see through and past any cover.
One of my favorite books, Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell talks about how everyone, everyone has some built-in prejudices, we judge people before we know them. The main thing is to be aware of yours and recognize how it may impact how you view people.