Hello all! Thank you for stopping by to read this post. This week I wanted to do something different by providing you guys with content from my a very special guest. The following post was written by Wilson who writes at www.fashionblabs.com. I am no where near an expert in fashion, or fashion related topics, but I love new information and perspectives. Fashionblabs is great because it offers readers an inside view on how fashion can influence other areas of our lives and how what we choose to show others can change their perspective of us and our perspective on well, EVERYTHING. I hope that you guys take the time to read and share her blog and tell me what you want to read next! Blessings to all.
Is Fashion Important?
With so many important issues facing us today, like war, hunger, climate change, and discrimination to name but a few, fashion seems unworthy of mentioning. The choice one makes about his or her personal style of dress will not so much as create a wrinkle in the socio-political fabric that covers the world’s populations. However it can make a huge difference in the life of one person. Take Jim Wolf of Grand Rapids Michigan for example.
I recently came across YouTube video of Mr. Wolf (Veteran’s Makeover Goes Viral: VIDEO) while browsing the internet. Mr. Wolf, a homeless man, was given a makeover by Christian support charity Dégagé Ministries which was captured on video by producer Rob Bliss and it completely changed his appearance and perhaps his mental attitude as well, particularly as it relates to his self-esteem.
The difference in the before and after images of him were so striking I wanted to learn more about him.
Jim Wolf joined the US Army at the age of 18 and served a couple of years in the National Guard. He was trained as an infantryman but was never deployed. At the time of the shooting of the video of him that went viral, Jim was a 54 year old homeless veteran suffering from alcoholism and living in Grand Rapids Michigan.
I’m no psychologist, but judging from the change in Jim’s facial expression as shown in the photos, I would say the change in him goes much deeper than the surface. The surface change, which is obvious and dramatic, is due solely to a change in fashion (hair, clothing etc.). One might argue that the psychological change, if any, is also due solely to this variable. A fashion makeover can make anyone look better, and looking better can cause one to feel better which in turn affect every other aspect of that person’s life. As previously stated, Jim suffers from alcoholism, which can’t be cured with a simple wardrobe change regardless of how dramatic the change might be. But at least, for a time, Jim was able to feel better about himself and that alone is worthwhile endeavor.
I began by suggesting that fashion is a small concern compared to other obviously major concerns facing us. But here’s a thought. Suppose someone like Jim, but not suffering any ailment that might impede his or her progress, went through a similar transformation. Now let’s suppose that the resulting change in mental attitude caused her to become a public servant. Eventually she runs for local public office and wins. She later runs for the senate or congress; she wins and does a fantastic job. Next she runs for President of the United States of America and wins again. As President, she enacts policies that completely and permanently eliminate the threat of nuclear war in the world. I know this is an unlikely scenario, but it is a possible one. And it would all have come about because of a fashion change. It may be that fashion isimportant after all. And that’s all I have to say about that.
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