There is no shortage of liberal causes. But should anybody look for one more, here is a good one – curb plastic surgery!
Everyone is looking for ways and means to reduce the cost of health care. Good citizens should demand that a large number of doctors and nurses who are using their skills merely to satisfy human vanity should return to the path of Virtue, the sooner the better. They should be reminded that only few of them, if any, chose their profession in the first place only to become rich. At least some of them will listen to the voice of conscience.
There is no question that in many cases plastic surgery is highly beneficial and does not require justification. But a quick study of the amount of advertising space devoted to it in certain magazines, and of the tone of the ads, will convince any doubters that the technology of beautification is being sold subliminally on the grounds that, in a democracy, youth and beauty are civic duties and that, therefore, aging and death should be outvoted. In an election, who would want to run on a pro-aging-and-death platform?
Fortunately, a recent news story has come along to support the cause of Virtue. “It took years for Hollywood to create the perfect woman,” Laura M. Molson wrote in The New York Times of April 25. “Now it wants the old one back.”
Casting directors are going to England and Australia to look for more natural looking actors “because the amply endowed, freakishly young-looking crowd that shows up for auditions in Los Angeles suffers from too much sameness.”