Cosmetics: Drug of Deception & Power?
April 2, 2012
(Revised by henrymakow.com from Sept. 2010)
At first it might seem cute. Little girls see mommy "putting on her face" (as if she didn't already have one) and ask if they can too. Seems harmless. But wait...
One day on the California Zephyr, the author met a woman who was the executive director of a women-only drug rehab program. We got to talking and she divulged the entry requirements for her therapy paradigm.
When caught cheating, 80% of the time, it was with cosmetics suggesting that they were hooked...what we call the Kabuki effect. Cosmetics appear to be four times more addictive than drugs and availability is not an issue. Often women are heard to say, "I wouldn't go to the mailbox without my makeup."
Careful observation of how hundreds of women "put on a face" reveals that they often fall into a trance by the time they are finished. This probably has to do with the fragrances (which might have a pheromone or drug-like effect).
Also, the ritual of applying the substances (many of which are in powder form just like many drugs) has a stimulating effect. If they perceive that their image in the mirroris really good, or by complimentary remarks of peers, they feel "powerful." It would probably be found that women are experiencing a marked increase in endorphin blood levels.
BEAUTY IS POWER
Very few women are naturally picture perfect. People with facial biometrics which measure close to 1:1.618 (the golden section) are often said to be attractive, but that ignores coloration, texture, and expression.
When one considers the principle users of cosmetics (spies, actors, clowns, cadavers, transvestites, geisha and women) there are some universal similarities: fear of detection - "if my lipstick fades what will people think of my natural self" (except for the cadaver of course)...a sense of fragility (insecurity) should the eyeliner smear, the nylons run, the implant shift or hundreds of other identity props malfunction.
At all times, the individual realizes she is following the Mossad motto:"By deception thou shalt do war."
Just look at the magazines near the check out at the grocery store or fashion ads in the women's mags. Those facial expressions are often very predatory. Tribal warriors throughout history knew the value of war paint.
The cosmetic wearer consciously or subconsciously knows that they are not revered for their true selves...they are living a lie. This tension almost always leads to neurosis. Try this: What significant difference is there between a ventriloquist who shoves his hand up into his dummy's back to animate the creature, and a person who shoves their face into a grease puppet which they animate with their facial muscles? Not much, in this writer's opinion.
STARS ADDICTED TO MAKEUP?
How sad. The empty victory of getting others to like you by the use of artificial images applied directly on one's face. It must be pure torture. She allowed herself to play a role which was too difficult to portray. It eventually killed her. "Thou shalt not make [of] thee any graven image..."
The above examines just the tip of the iceberg, so in future articles, we will visit in greater depth the consequences of ignoring the pleasures of authenticity in favor of subterfuge and artifice. This subject is at the root of personal and national ethics...for those who become habituated to impersonations will eventually violate every ethical standard in the pursuit of power.
Part Two- Cosmetics: Drug of Power & Deception
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