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Issue of October 22, 2014

A hope note
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A hope note
Dr. Wayne Willis reflects on life and hope.

Self-evaluation

April 09, 2014 | 10:02 AM

"I am ugly. I am unattractive. I know that my skin is awful, my hair is greasy and society simply does not permit women to weigh as much as I do."

"But, mind you, this is not the same as having low self-esteem. Because when I look in the mirror, I hate my body, not myself. I simply shake my head and think, 'This isn't me. This mediocre sack of meat isn't me. I'm just renting it out, driving it around. It's a tool. It's a vehicle. I use it to take myself places that I need to go, and that's all there is to it'."

"I decided a while back that everyone has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, and I would do well to focus on my strengths instead of my weaknesses. Even people who are bad at everything are less bad at some things than they are at others. I concluded that I was less bad at learning things than I was at looking pretty, so I would ultimately benefit far more from sharpening my skills than from trying in vain to undo the effects of losing the genetic lottery."

"It would be far more useful to promote the idea that people can contribute to the world in a variety of interesting and fulfilling ways besides making others salivate over their bodies."

The above sentences were written by a young woman who is an undergraduate at a prestigious university. One day she might discover a cure for cancer.

She makes me question my values. I say that I value others' insides over their surface. But, in reality, I am way too external.

The messiah, according to the Complete Jewish Bible's translation of Isaiah 53, was not "well-formed or especially handsome ... his appearance did not attract us."

Dr. Wayne Willis


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