20Something and Surviving

Not So Groovy, Baby!

Image is everything today.

Not only do we have to worry about trying to fit in but projecting the right image allows you to portray yourself in a certain way and a person whom you have just met would assume many things about you just from first impressions. Right?

So while assumptions can sometimes lead to death or embarrassment or deathby embarrassment humans usually engage socuially based on an assumption garnered from an appearance or projected image.

Okay, so where am I going with this?

My question: Why do all activist types have to look so… scruffy? Are all “do-gooders” hippie reincarnates? Have none of them heard of a brush? Lets be honest, if you work for an NGO you don’t earn much. But enough to buy a decent pair of jeans surely? Most look like they’re going hiking. Perhaps its an effort to dress down in order to reach the people they’re helping who are usually poor.
But how does one take you seriously if you look like you haven’t had a bath in days? Is it some sort of marker for the level of your commitment that you are too busy to take care of yourself?
If you want to get your meesage across say it or demobnstrate it with your actions. An image after all is just that. What lies beneath is more important. In my opinion…
There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
Jim Morrison

July 11, 2008 Posted by | scruffy looking activists | 1 Comment