Shallow Hal Wants A Gal

“Shallow Hal” is one of my favourite comedies. It tells the story of two guys, Hal and his friend Mauricio, who would only date extremely beautiful women, even though they are both short, average good looking. Hal’s life takes a turn when he finds himself stuck in the elevator with a celebrity magician. The puts some short of spell on Hal and he would only see women’s inner beauty from that day on. The story goes on and at the end Hal learns how shallow he used to be. I’ve always loved this movie because it tells the truth about our society, in a comical way. Even though the movie is witty, reality is not. Having to deal with this shallowness every day is a dread of terror. I don’t usually enjoy what most people do, and I’m glad I don’t. Now, more than ever. It’s impressive how self-centered most people are. Nothing (and no one) is ever good enough and what matters the most is what other people will think of you. We live our lives according to “cool” behaviour norms to feel accepted by everyone. What happened to our free will? Society became some kind of oppressor and we follow the rules, accordingly. Thankfully, some of us don’t. We, the misfits, usually suffer from depression and oppression because our point of view is completely different from that of the great mass of people. So keep in your life the ones who love you and accept you for what you are, not those who label you with superficial traits. They will be gone as soon as these “traits” are not cool anymore.

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One thought on “Shallow Hal Wants A Gal

  1. Appearances can be deceiving. They’re mostly are.

    But I have one question for you. What is the cost of having total freedom? Accepting one for who they are is one thing but what if their freedom conflicts with others’ freedom? How can you solve that problem then?

    I recommend that you read about John Stuart Mill and his philosophy regarding Liberty and Freedom.

    Here’s a quote that you may find interesting:

    ““The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.” – John Stuart Mill

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