Author Maya Angelou, an author and poet, dies at the age of 86 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Maya was also known for her work as a performer, civil rights activist and college professor. In 1969 Maya published her first book “I know why the Caged Bird Sings”. In 2011 President Barack Obama awarded her with the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Cursory, hasty, shallow, and empty-headed are just a few words associated with the term SUPERFICIAL. Needless to say, that these are terms that no one should want to be associated with. Think about it, being called “empty-headed” is not cool. Going around boasting about being “hasty” isn’t cool either. So why do we continue to subject ourselves to a superficial mindset? I really don’t know the answer to that question, but here is my observation.
I believe that everyone is self-conscious to an extent. I mean we all look in a mirror at some point in our day. We all wash and iron our clothes (hopefully). We all groom ourselves, brush our teeth (or soak them if you wear dentures) and shower (once again, hopefully). We all do those things because it is deemed necessary to an appropriate lifestyle.
But here is where being self-conscious takes a nasty turn and people become superficial. When you are being made into a villain because someone doesn’t like what you are wearing, the style of your hair, the fragrances that you use, shoes you wear, etc. When you feel that you need to spend the money you don’t have to keep up a lifestyle that you can’t afford. All of this is done because we are afraid of being judged by empty-minded people. And if you notice some of these shallow minded individuals do not have it all together themselves. So why do we still care about the opinions of hasty individuals? I believe we just want to be accepted and conforming to the ideas of an empty-minded society is easier than dealing with the constant insults spewed from some of these people.