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Prompted by a post by XYY on his arse thread in which he makes an implicit criticism of the kind of physical vanity that gym-goers and health freaks have, worried about their appearance, wanting to look like muscled porn stars or whatever.
Now it isn't that I disagree, I don't really, it is weakness of a sort, but it's my observation that there are very few people who don't have any personal vanity of one form or another, and that physical vanity is one of the more harmless manifestations of this. There are old biddies and blokes in nursing homes who still try incredibly hard to look their best, this seems harmless to me, I daresay when they were younger they were the equivalent of the gym bunnies.
So, Dosbodders - what's your vanity?
Reckon you're different? But are you really?
Reckon you're smart? How smart?
Reckon you're an Adonis/Aphrodite? Really? at your age?
Reckon you've got all the patter/wit?
Reckon you've an unbreakable code of conduct/honour?
Reckon you were sent by God to save the world but actually you're a demon who can't help poisoning everything he touches? (Yes I'm looking at you, Tony)
Etc etc, you get the picture...... Most people seem to struggle to get through their days without looking down at someone else and imagining that they're much better.
I'll start the thread off by saying that my earlier-life vanity about appearance (unjustified!), which I definitely had, has faded away. Now I reckon I know too much about people, but of course, I don't really, it's an illusion as much as any other vanity.
So, Dosbodders, what's your vanity? And especially for our older chaps like @Byron and @Virgil Caine, are your vanities fading away, or just being replaced with different ones?
By The Masked Tulip
Just in case India and Pakistan do kick things off heralding the end of the world and forcing DOSBODers to turn to their baked bean stash, we may as well have a thread about the brotherly love between India and Pakistan.
When they no longer had the British to hate they appear to have realised that they hate one another.
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