One key to happiness: lose weight / perfect body

We live in a society where people take a stand against bullies. We teach our children not to be one. Accept people for who they are. Discrimination and prejudice are, finally, taking center stage; at least for a few moments. A generation trying to unite against what is wrong with the world. Cliches and words that have meaning. Inspire us to to something good and try to make changes. Now that I have your attention, the other side of it.

Look at the media. We are constantly being bombarded with ads saying you are not good enough. You have to change the way you look, think or feel. Obesity is my first subject here.

I see infomercials telling us how to lose weight. The latest, greatest diets are all over the place. Surgery for weight loss and "body sculpting" are becoming more and more popular. The "perfect" bodies are displayed in these ads. People having fun and enjoying life. Testimonials on how before a female was a size 2 or 3 they were so unhappy. Men, who are muscular, surrounded by beautiful women. As I am writing this article, a commercial is on about losing weight. The commercial did not suggest if you are not happy, lose the weight. It asked why would you not want to? My guess: you may be happy with the way you look. Just a quick thought here. Here is another thought: what about people who want / need to gain weight? I am taking this from personal experience. I am about 145 lbs. Have a hard time gaining weight. Where are all the ads for people like me? Where are all the latest weight gaining crazes? Oh, and another thing, for me to have the "perfect" body, I would also need surgery. Having no muscle on the right side of my chest, I guess that will not be possible. Oh well, according to ads and our society, I will be alone and ignored. Instead of being accepted for what is below the surface, I am only looked at for physical appearances. I am screwed in this area. Sucks to me. I included the last few sentences to make the point.

Here is a suggestion: watch the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Vince Vaughn has a gym called Average Joe's. One of the points is about being happy with who you are and the way you look. Even though the movie is a comedy, it makes some great points about our society and advertisements.

Appearances are very important. The way a person looks is only a small part of their life. It takes a lot more than the exterior to be happy in your life. This leads me to my next point, pop a pill, be happy! That is for another article.

No, I am not going to mention, specific, ads here. I am not going to give them extra promotion. 
 
 
I have figured out the solution to the world's problems. It is very simple. Eliminate one, basic, factor from the equation: The human species.
 
 
"If you truly want to end racism and prejudice. Join 2013 and stop giving people reasons to think that way." - Michael Phoenix

I do not see skin color or base any personal / professional choices base on it. I know a few people, from another race, who constantly bring it up. When they do, it pisses me off. I know they are from a different race, I honestly do not give a shit. Thank you for thinking I am stupid by bringing this up. Congratulations on proving you are. And doing your best to turn me into a racist. Keep trying, not going to happen.

One even mentioned how a bar is not friendly to their race. I go to the bar, on occasion. As a journalist, I will be going to that bar again. When I do, I will make the owners aware of this complaint. I will also take note of their response. If I feel this is a serious problem, I will do an article on it. Here is what I thought weird. The person knows I am an indie journalist. When I mentioned about the bar, they did not ask me to look into the problem. The response was: they do not go there because of the alleged problem. It does not happen at the bar they go to. I am curious why this person did not try a different approach with me. Maybe ask me to do an article or at least check it out? There are subjects I will gladly do this for.

We live in a country and world where it is easier to end this than ever before.

There are great people, from every race, in the history books. The greatest ones are often not mentioned in those books. The United States of America was built by by people of all races and religions: Black, Hispanic, Italian, German, White, Christian, Pagan, Hindu, are on the long list. The people who truly built the country, names are listed where? The ones who died working on the railways. The farmers who fed the country on plantations. The Native Americans who welcomed and helped the settlers. Factory workers who were almost not human with the hours and work. Different races and beliefs with something in common: A better life and belief in the future.

I am an author and journalist. I do my best to see things with eyes wide open. I also know when to close my eyes and see life without looking. Here is one song everyone needs to hear and listen to: Living in a World by Janet Jackson. Especially the very end. Another music suggestion: Lives in the Balance by Jackson Browne.

It's time we moved beyond doing everything possible to separate the human race. Move forward, do your best for other people and yourself. Screw the outdated concepts like racism and prejudice. I live in 2013, not 1813.
 
 
One reason these still exist is because without them, people would have one less thing to bitch and cry about. For some people, it is the only way they can draw attention to themselves.

After a recent conversation with someone who informed me a local was not friendly to certain categories of people.