I urge you to read and integrate this question into your mind as a serious consideration of your thoughts and decisions. Do attractive people have advantages that others don’t? Is it true that those who have genetically superior traits can more easily escape a speeding ticket than a disheveled, aged old woman with a broken nose? Even if they both have the same intent — “I’m sorry officer, I’m trying to get to my daughter at the hospital–” would they treat both of them fairly?
Statistics, unsurprisingly, state this is not the case at all. In fact, our sexy, young and hip woman would easily escape the ticket without even a plea of consideration to her circumstance. Every day there are examples of the more attractive counterpart being superior: job interviews, dating, and income all correlate with beauty levels. This is tragic, but it remains to be our natural reaction to a person’s features.
How does science play a role in determining this advantageous act? Many of us assume that a more attractive person is healthier than a less attractive person. And for the most part, this is true. Global signs of beauty, like shiny hair and symmetrical features, are physical manifestations of a healthy body.
Did you know that by wearing a little defining eyeliner and a highlighting powder, you can persuade that cop to let you go with a warning? In research, those who appear more beautiful tend to have traits correlating with intelligence and social skills. In turn, this allows the beauty to get ahead with their physicality and their words.
Did you know that your boss and higher ups actually can contribute to the company’s success? Executives that were rated more beautiful tended to see rising value and profits in their respective companies. We like to support those who are beautiful — or so it seems.
Harvard University also conducted a study to determine how everyone else perceives an attractive person. Overall, if you are attractive, most people will assume that you are trustworthy and amicable.
What I’d like to ask in return is, “are attractive people more trustworthy and likable because you want to associate with them? Are you giving them that power through your own vulnerabilities?”
I personally believe that all people are attractive; more than just their physical manifestation. Humans, as a race, are sturdy and intelligent. They are witty, creative, and able to move in ways no other species can move. They discover. Humans have emotions that we understand and can communicate. They carry others through the world with their boundless support and love. Humans grow from infants, to children, to adults, and to an elderly human full of wisdom and experience to share with others.
Humans are attractive in that their gift of life is an unending story that takes you on a journey to appreciate, learn, and take on new perspectives about your own life’s journey. We have a spirit, and every day our spirits collide with other people’s spirits to laugh and connect with love.
So, yes. Physically attractive people do receive more advantages than less attractive people. But I dare you to ask yourself and others around you,
“Can you see the beauty in every person that walks by?”