LETTER: All people seek role models

Friday, August 6, 2010 | 4:14 p.m. CDT; updated 7:40 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 7, 2010

Yes, Amanda, "...girls and women who are married, pregnant, once pregnant, divorced, living with their partners (male or female) or who have tattoos or piercings that aren't covered by their pageant gowns are not role models" — that is a correct statement.

Why should you write four half-columns on the subject? All people, children and adults want to look up to others who are striving for an ideal that requires some effort, personal commitment, discipline and a desire to represent qualities of goodness and truth within the choices of human action.

It is an easy way to live — to "dumb ourselves down" or to reduce ourselves to the lowest (yes, there is a high and low) common denominator in appearance, speech, motivation, intentions and desires. When a person using these techniques becomes incapacitated, then they are given stipends to support themselves by the very people who do struggle every day to gain in personal qualities that are greater than those with which they were born.

I believe that people who do not understand what I have just described (and/or are hostile toward those statements) perhaps have never realized that true pure joy in life does not come through satiation of the physical body. There is a satiation of the heart that is greater, so much greater.

Queen pageants are just that; who among us is like a queen? Qualities of royalty (royalty in the original meaning) represent nobility in self that others respect and desire to emulate.

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