Why isn’t a selfie considered self-love?
The definition of consciousness is the awareness of one’s self. (Credit) If that is true and consciousness is truly awareness of oneself, wouldn’t that make the act of taking a selfie almost be like using it as a tool for raising one’s own consciousness?
Wayne Goss posted a pretty thought provoking post on Instagram the other day. He asked if we are too focused on ‘self’ in this modern day with social media and asked what our thoughts were and whether we liked it or not.
It was really interesting how many people seemed to not only be put off by the idea, some even seemed outright disgusted! I tried to check out the accounts of people who were most appalled and ironically those accounts all seemed to be private.
It’s interesting to me how people can on one hand be so against taking selfies and posting pictures of oneself on the internet and at the same time be so intrigued with reality TV and watching shows like Orange County Housewives, The Bachelor and other shows like that.
Hollywood makes its money off of beautiful people and millions and millions of people go to see movies every day around the world to see those beautiful people. Tabloids. Make millions by gossiping and judging what people look like…whether they are too fat or too thin or too pretty or too ugly. The phrase “you can please some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time but you can’t ever please everyone all the time” really is true. People can be really fickle and it’s really interesting to eye the amount of judgement they have against their peers.
Why would someone genuinely have an issue with their coworker taking selfies or having an Instagram account dedicated to looks they’ve really enjoyed and yet it’s ok for someone like Angelina Jolie Ron Kim Kardashian to be beautiful and in the media al the time? What makes one different from the other?
What about those that use their fame and popularity to further causes and help others? There are people out there who have intentionally become famous just so that they can use their fame to help other people in need by bringing awareness to causes.
Why is it “ok” for the general population to MAKE someone famous, promote them and show them love but when that adoration and promotion comes from ourselves, then it’s suddenly deemed wrong or conceited? Isn’t it beneficial for us to be our own champions? Aren’t we supposed to love ourselves? Even the Bible says “love one another as you love yourself”. That requires some self love in order to carry out. Who will be our champion if not for ourselves?
When is a ‘selfie’ self-love? What if taking a selfie of yourself when you’re feeling especially cute is actually an act of self care?There’s a whole movement around self-care these days. We’ve gone far too long without loving and caring for ourselves and why is that ok but taking a selfie is not? Why is it ok for somebody else to love us but not ok for us to love ourselves? Will it ever be ok?