Vanity

It occurred to me that vanity should perhaps be the test by which we gauge human evolution. Rather than constructing a timeline of civilization based on flints, tools, and the written word – ponder the evolution of vanity. At what point did early man begin to care about his appearance? Sticking a pin in that moment will solve the riddle of when our known history began.

We became truly “human” when we caught sight of our reflection, and frowned. That frown was the stepping stone to separate mankind from all the other species in our world. Animals groom, humans improve, embellish, and alter. Some animals developed outlandish characteristics to show off during mating season, they never looked in a mirror to see whether they looked fat or silly. The evolutionary leap for mankind was that critical eye, and with it an awareness of trend and opinion. Characteristics that plague us to this day.

Ancient Roman practices of lightening hair with pigeon poop, applying bear grease to stop baldness, wearing a paste of ground herbs and worms to cover gray hair, rinsing your mouth with imported urine from Portugal – Botox injections, Retin A Lap Bands, white strips…..

The moment “keeping up appearances  took hold, we were human. Find the first mirror and you’ll find the cradle of civilization.

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7 thoughts on “Vanity

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  3. What no comments!
    Did you really come up with this post?
    Just kidding…
    I am flabbergasted by this reflection about the human race.

    • Kind of ironic – likely my finest moment of original thought and it languishes in the dusty vault of November 2012.

      FYI – my husband responded as you did, asking where I came up with my observation.I purred like the Cheshire Cat. A few days later I mustered the courage to make my blog known to friends.

  4. I’m sure the ingredients in today’s ‘beauty’ regimens are equally disgusting, but I’ll say no thanks to these:
    “Ancient Roman practices of lightening hair with pigeon poop, applying bear grease to stop baldness, wearing a paste of ground herbs and worms to cover gray hair, rinsing your mouth with imported urine from Portugal ”

    But isn’t it amazing what frail creatures will do while pretending not to age and how to be other than they are…

    Sometimes it’s good to look in the reflection of one’s own earlier thoughts. 🙂

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