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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lipstick on a pig

The insult heard round the world.

Miss Piggy probably would have had a lot to say about this comment, but she would be the best example of what is meant by this statement.

Miss Piggy is gorgeous, a bit over the top, but non the less gorgeous. With curly blond hair jiggling with every snappy and demanding phrase, Miss Piggy will not be ignored and doesn't mind roughing it up with the best of them.

Dazzled by her beauty, she is able to capture and maintain the spotlight even though you know she is bound to misbehave. Tantrums are in her arsenal of "getting her way" at the expense of anyone standing in her way. She can go from velvety cooing to screeching tyraids in 2.2 seconds.

LIPSTICK ON A PIG?

Could anyone misinterpret what the meaning of the power packed sentence?

The Bible was the first to address this specific type of person. The gender may have switched but the sentiment remains the same. Matthew 23:13-29:

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisees! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

Many of us pay close attention to the outside of ourselves, what people can see immediately even before we speak. Once we do open our mouths, we try to utter what the world deems as lovely and nice through painted on smiles of magenta or ruby red. But the heart is left unchanged. Dark and coniving it plots the downfall of many. Gangrenous green with envy and greed it seeks to destroy. No one is the wiser of what lurks beneath the ribs of a vulturous mind. We lay snares and traps and give it names like "street smart" "player" "real" all code for "lipstick on a pig."

Why give the pig such a bad name? A pig will devour anything it can without finesse or shame. Slobbering it chomps loudly and agressively. After feasting rolling in the mud with glee; belly satisfied.

LIPSTICK ON A PIG

Politics and religion have entered this animal realm. The heart does not matter anymore. Painted faces smile at you saying whatever is needed to get you to feed it. Truth does not matter, concern for human dignity has been tossed to the wind, greed-the ear mark of a pig snacks on the elderly the young with its sights set on the next mesmerized by the pretty package.

There is nothing new under the sun. There will always be those with the false outward display. It is not their fault. Many of us look for the packaging that shines and dazzles the most.

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