Monday, November 1, 2010

Passion for Fashion

A man was in a queue for a ticket in a railway station. The person in his front was neatly dressed in pants and shirt. To start a conversation, he told the person in the front, “Did you notice that boy near the window? He has no manners.” The person in the front corrected him, “Hey, That is not a boy. She is my daughter.” The man at the back apologized, “I am sorry, sir, I did not know that you were her father.” The response from the front was sharp, “What nonsense! I am not her father. I am her mother!”
The story reveals the increasing passion for fashion shown by people of all age groups today. Ladies dressed like men are quite common. Men with long hair and feminine attire are also seen. People darken the hair and whiten the face to conceal the gifts of nature. The use of cosmetics has increased tremendously. A large number of potentially harmful and dangerous chemicals have been detected in many popular brands of cosmetics.
It is a good habit to be clean and healthy and to wear neat dress, but over-indulgence in cosmetics and fashion is harmful to the health of the body, mind and soul.
The true purpose of clothing should be remembered. Our body is the temple of God. We must use it for the glory of God. True beauty resides in our inner self - our attitude, behaviour and character. Money may fetch ornaments, but not beauty; luxury, but not culture. Socrates, who disliked luxury, once looked into the shops of Athens and remarked, “How many things are there which a man can do without!”

© By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.
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