Yesterday, I was at lunch with a good friend who told me about Susan Boyle. Boyle recently auditioned on Britain’s Got Talent and this 47-year-old woman stunned the audience and the judges as she sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables.
She is from the Glasgow, Scotland, area. Notice her before she sings. How easy it is for all of us to pre-judge someone based upon appearance. For example, note these lines from WalesOnline:
"When Susan Boyle walked onto
the stage at the Britain’s Got Talent auditions, she was the complete
antithesis of our image-obsessed world. Dressed in a dodgy gold dress,
with bushy eyebrows and her greying hair longing to be styled and
coloured, first impressions meant we all expected her to fail
Then she sang. Everyone was
shocked. A refreshing reminder to us all in a culture that values the
outward appearance above all else. How refreshing in a culture where
people often feel "less than" because they don’t wear the right jeans, don’t wear the right labels, don’t drive the right car, or in some way just don’t measure up. What a refreshing wake-up call.