Humans Need to see a Face

General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “Tête colossale du Sphynx, vue en face. Elle est au devant de la seconde Pyramide de Memphis.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 19, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-6569-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Accepting a person or idea humans tend to need to see a face before making a choice.

 

I could not, see myself casting a vote for a candidate I never have seen, marrying a woman without meeting her first or even accepting a controversial or difficult concept without scrutinizing the presenter. This appears to be a common trait shared by most people.  Looking through history books I discover many portraits and even busts and statues of important people (real or mythological).

Mandella – image from pixabay.com
Jesus – image from pixabay.com
Einstein – image from pixabay.com

In the dim past recognizing a threatening person was a crucial part of survival and that seems to be true even today.

Suspect – image from pixabay.com
Wanted – image from pixabay.com

Radio was great but people wanted to know who it was that they were hearing.

Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. “Orson Welles, Archibald MacLeish and William Robson performing the radio drama Air Raid.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 19, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/75ffb4e8-650c-7f16-e040-e00a1806028f
Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. “Publicity photo of Eddie Cantor and Deanna Durbin for his radio program The Eddie Cantor Show.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 19, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/9fa3b67e-6a2e-c8fb-e040-e00a1806521e

 

 

 

 

 

Our very large federal government used a face to help recruit soldiers for a cause.

Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library. “I want you for U.S. Army : nearest recruiting station” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 19, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/2613b350-86bd-0131-1a61-58d385a7bbd0

Even most religious movements seem to present an image of a founder, or at least a contemporary leader.

Another Jesus – image from pixabay.com
Saul the first king of Israel  was described in positive terms; his subjects surely judged him favorably by his appearance:

1 Samuel 9:2 ESV

And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.

Be aware of your own distortions and prejudices: egocentrism

Titus 1:12-13 ESV 

One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,

Examine your thoughts; are they your own or has someone planted them within you; are you gullible.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

 

 

James Halifko

Author: James Halifko

I am a Baby Boomer with a lot of life's experience to guide me and share with people.

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