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Monday April 27, 2015
Timberwolves superfan, KFAN’s Dan Barreiro, would file the subject of today’s Weekday Ramble under the banner “done as a society.” A woman hasn’t smiled for 40 years and the reason why should make you cringe.
Superficiality is king
Tess Christian doesn’t smile. In fact, she hasn’t laughed or smiled for 40 years. She’s not physically unable to smile. She’s not mean-spirited or humorless.
She does it to prevent wrinkles.
Yes, that’s right. To prevent wrinkles.
“I don’t have wrinkles because I have trained myself to control my facial muscles,” she says (read more here). “Everyone asks if I’ve had Botox, but I haven’t, and I know that it’s thanks to the fact I haven’t laughed or smiled since I was a teenager. My dedication has paid off, I don’t have a single line on my face.”
For Tess Christian being superficial is more important than smiling and laughing. Good for her.
I’ll be the first to admit that she looks a lot younger than her 50 years. But that anybody would give up the pleasure of smiling and laughing – which even almighty science has proven is good for you – to look younger is an example of what’s wrong with the world. People care more about how they look, and about superficial things in general, than about what is actually important. Like their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
And just being happy.
Stories like this one make me wonder: what happened to common sense?
It’s all over now, baby blue
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.