THE IMAGE-IDOLING 80’S
This is the age of pomp over pithiness, charisma over content, style over substance. This is a time when who we are has become less important than who people think we are; when euphemistic phrases can seemingly turn wrongs into rights; when politicians are often judged more on their charisma than their convictions. Bluntly, what you see in the 80’s ain’t always what you get. From the triviality of TV dinners to the seriousness of cheating on a spouse, the world is selling beautifully packaged lies — and many of us are reaching for our wallets . . . Though the media has added fuel to the style- over-substance syndrome the past few decades, the phenomenon is really nothing new. In biblical times, for example, the Pharisees were champions of exuding the image that they were pure and holy. In fact, they were merely robe- clad forerunners of the dress for success movement — people whose outer appearance didn’t necessarily reflect…
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