A Sickness

  I enjoyed "The Force Awakens" as much as anyone (twice).  I loved the film.  One of the interesting things was seeing how our favorite heroes from the late 70's have aged.  I admit, to my shame, that I noticed the age and different appearance of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.  I can't imagine what it must be like for those guys to see themselves in their prime, on screen, made up, and looking great!  I won't struggle with that issue (for many reasons), but I think it must be incredibly difficult for those in the spotlight to see how they've aged.  I mean, have you seen Maggie Smith as a young woman?  Most of us will have the privilege of not having to constantly reflect on how much we've aged. . . . All that to say,  I can't believe we're evaluating people on the quality of their DNA.  What a trap it is for our culture! 

This IS a sickness.  We view youth and beauty as an accomplishment.  Besides the logical absurdity of such feelings, it's also hurtful and destructive to our current generation.  If we view things that pass away, like. . um. . . youth! . . as worthy of praise and honor ("look at how young she looks") than we'll forever be lamenting the aging process.  Which, by the way, is not something that will go away!   The New Testament calls us to honor those older than us, to gain wisdom, and Proverbs tells us that age is a crown (Prov. 16:31).  We get those things backwards to our own detriment, and ironically, to the harm of our kids and future generations.  

Carrie Fisher, herself, said it better than I could. . . ."Youth and beauty are not accomplishments, they’re the temporary happy by-products of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either.”