Recently, during a regular operating morning, the song playing over the speakers sang out “Don’t HATE Me ‘Cos I’m Beautiful…”.

My anaesthetist commented joyously: “Oh, they’re playing MY song again…”!

It is commonly granted that beautiful/attractive people have an edge when it comes to getting what they want, and the service that they receive. This is blatantly obvious in the hospitality and retail industries – where upgrades or extra freebies are liberally offered to those who are deemed more aesthetically pleasing – but is observed in every aspect and setting of society. Sadly, not everyone is treated equally, even though we should be, as human beings of equal worth. Sub-conciously, people are discriminated in how they’re treated based solely on their appearance. Judgement is placed on first impression, often even before a single word is spoken. In so many industrialised nations, young people are undergoing cosmetic procedures to improve their face and body in order to improve their chances at scoring top jobs.

Will this attitude change? Will the eyes of our society return to seeing people for who they are as an entire being – physically, mentally, emotionally? Perhaps not. We are human, after all.

Which brings up the discussion: do beautiful/attractive people get viewed upon or treated negatively by their peers because of their perceived beauty? Do they get ostracised – socially, professionally, or even subconsciously – because people assume that they have gotten to where they are and have gained their achievements primarily through their attractive physical traits? Do they have to endure jealousy, envy, and “discrimination” on a daily basis? I must admit that it is indeed a first world issue to feel sorrow for those afflicted with been too beautiful, although I have occasionally come across attractive people who genuinely wished they did not receive so much attention or that people would see them beyond the outer label and more at their inner merits.

So there we have it. Too beautiful, and people hate you. Not beautiful enough, and people don’t treat you right. Either way, we can’t always win. What’s important, I think, is how you feel about yourself. Inner confidence and security will always radiate and make a lasting impression.