We have an interesting development in our mysterious M.A.’s diary (first discussed here): it looks like she gave considerable thought into how she presented herself, clothing-wise.
How many philosophers can you name spent time thinking of such things?
Yeah, same here.
But as M.A. points out, there is a dark side to taking such matters seriously, that being, feeling yourself superior as a result.
And personally? I love how she struggles with it!
Just see for yourself:
Do not think that because you choose your attire with care that you are somehow better than she who does not.
Such as the woman you saw at the store this morning.
What was she thinking? For goodness sake, what would her mother say?
What would my mother say?
No! Stop it!
All women are your sisters – remember this. No matter how they are dressed, they are your equals.
Do not judge them because their slip is showing; you’ve been there too.
Never laugh at their fashion choices; you’ve taken questionable paths as well.
However scandalous the hemlines – oh dear, they are scandalous…
No! Don’t think it! Instead, repeat to yourself:
Clothing is not Morality
Clothing is not Intelligence
Clothing is not Kindness
And if in finding a woman who thinks as you do, who shares your fashion sense, if together you show contempt for a younger woman’s clothing, what does that accomplish except cause division among your sex? Will it cause the younger woman to change her attire? Of course not! She will see you and your friend as obnoxious prudes. For that is what you are.
So stop it!
Nay, keep your thoughts to yourself. Instead, let your own mode of dress speak for you and be kind.
In all things, be kind.
From M.A.’s Recipe Drawer
All Dressed Up with No Place to Go Egg Salad
An egg salad elegant enough for company, whether elegantly attired or not.
- 6 hard boiled eggs, chopped
- 4 ounces smoked salmon, finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 Tablespoon finely snipped, fresh dill
- 1 Tablespoon finely chopped chives
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
Use as a sandwich filling or to serve with crackers.
Another option: Make deviled eggs! Slice hardboiled eggs in half and remove yolks, chop and mix with other ingredients. Spoon a generous mound of salmon-yolk filling into each egg half. Place a bit of dill or chives on each for serving.