Pageants & Bodybuilding 💪🏻


1 No one should be ashamed of having strong, healthy, or beautiful bodies. God (or nature ― if one is not religiously inclined) has given some of us gifts: Those that have received them should take on the responsibility as being as productive, ethical and inspiring as they can be with them; to maintain or even to improve what they have been given. It is not helpful for those that have not recieved much ― or even the ones that have been given good cards ― to wallow in misery about how they (or others) did not receive as a good of a lot. Many gifts can not be transferred.. It is not edifying for others in a worse position to see those better off position wasting their potential in life.

2 But at the same time some celebrations of beauty ― bodybuilding and beauty pageants ― are deifying the body. Some competitions bring focus to the gifts of the body as an end-to-itself over what can be accomplished or created with it. They bring focus not to human incorporeal elements about strength of character or personality ― but to corpreal chunks of material flesh that some judge to be aesthetically pleasing or entertaining. To use modern jargon ― these competitions objectify individuals and have a dehumanization inherent to them.

3 In my daily life I dress conservatively to avoid drawing any attention to my body. I generally look down on pageants.