Miki Kiyoshi once said, “Vanity is almost all stored in oneself. Therefore, it is best to open a gap for vanity and avoid arbitrariness of vanity. That is, it is necessary to drain water every day ".
In this world, not only everyone has a love of beauty, but also vanity. We should strive for self-improvement throughout our lives, including how to keep our vanity in check.
What is vanity? Let's take a fairy tale as an example: it was raining heavily outside, feet were covered in mud and potholes. But girl still insisted on putting on a beautiful new dress and new shoes, to show off in front of family and friends.
This is a kind of vanity, although skirt ends up getting wet with mud. However, if vanity causes trouble repeatedly, it loses authenticity of life and depth of soul.
Speaking of vanity, one cannot fail to mention "sap culture" in Africa. In slums of Congo there is a group of "gentlemen", they would rather make money with garbage than cut down on food and clothing in exchange for a famous brand.Famous gentlemen from slums
After release of documentary "Gentleman in Slums of Africa", people gradually became aware of little-known "Sap culture" in Africa. At same time, I was surprised to find that in African slums there lived a few "gentlemen" dressed in famous brands.
They live in poverty, live in poor housing, but still want to wear brand name clothes to maintain their glamorous looks. At this time, someone will point out if they put on a show to attract attention, but in fact they are not, this is their most truthful everyday image.
Sapps can spend months or a year's salary to buy a designer dress, but they don't care. They can spend years and years saving on food and clothing just to buy a few glamorous designer pieces.
Compared to filling stomachs,These branded clothes are more like spiritual food for Sapps and a necessity in their lives.
People who are on sidelines may find Sapp people's style funny and ridiculous, but they don't see it that way.
Because they are Sapp people, they have same beliefs about "brand" so they don't feel different from each other. This group also hosts fashion networking events on certain days.
So, at this time, everyone accumulated several sets of branded clothing to show off their skills. They compete against each other in this event, finally most fashionable person is chosen.
The most fashionable will have highest status and lead fashion direction of other Sapps.
The behavior of people at Sapp is essentially a matter of vanity and a kind of comparison. Even if they can't get enough, they have to save on food and money to buy famous brands. It has become an "unhealthy mentality".
In addition, people living in slums do not have opportunity to receive a high level of cultural education and purification of soul, they are only exposed to ears and eyes every day, so this style of work has always been formed.
It can be said that this style of Sapu is inherited from generation to generation. Let's think about it carefully. Those new born ignorant and ignorant children are under influence of such thoughts from birth. How could he not become Sapu cut out of shape?The origin of Sapp culture
We need to know that one person cannot create a cultural phenomenon, but a group can. The general behavior of people in a group forms a culture with fixed characteristics.
So where did idea of a "famous brand", deeply rooted in hearts of Sapp people, come from?
The rise of Sap culture can be traced back to 1920 era when Congo was just colonized by Belgium.
The Congolese, reduced to level of domestic help, may be paid by colonists for second-hand clothes, but many people resist colonists' superiority,so they insist on using their meager wages to buy Paris. The most fashionable clothes.
In addition, French colonists, who led world fashion, had a great influence on fashion of Congolese.This is source of the connection between "fashion" and "Africa".
At that time, French taught them not only how to cook French bread, but also how to choose fashionable clothes. Despite fact that French finally left Africa, their fashion concepts are deeply rooted in hearts of Africans.
Don't think that sappers like to wear famous brands because of their vanity, on contrary, they really like famous brands and real famous brands.
They save money and buy most authentic brands, which improves their ability to distinguish between genuine and fake.
It is said that at one time many Chinese businessmen learned about fashion needs of Africans, so they had idea to sell counterfeit goods in Africa.
But who knows that these Africans are not ignorant "miners". Even roadside beggars point out that these "famous brands" are fake.
Deep down, people at Sap also made a fashion statement: "We only wear expensive natural clothes, we don't wear fakes, and we don't steal because real gentlemen wouldn't do that."< /p >
For time being, we may need to think more deeply. It's possible these saps are behaving with puffy faces to make them fat, not only out of vanity, but heavily influenced by their ancestors following fashion concepts for generations.
They sincerely love fashion and follow it. Even if you don't have enough to eat, you must be fashion conscious.Conclusion
Sapu people may starve and live in discomfort, but they never give up pursuit of fashion. It can also be said that these sapu are completely fashion hungry, and beautiful branded clothing is their only spiritual food.
Perhaps they really love fashion, for them, fashion is like a scientist who cannot leave wise books. Scholars can't get enough of wise books, but they can't get enough of famous brand clothes.
However, this "Sapp style" is still not really recommended. Food and clothing first, fashion second. Actually it is best choice for life. It's really funny and ridiculous that a family with nothing but fashionable clothes is their treasure.
Everyone loves beauty, and everyone can have a desire to do fashion. But there are still too many significant things in life, obsession with fashionable clothesonly satisfies aesthetic needs for a while, but leaves no value and meaning.
Sap culture was once suppressed by government, but has resurfaced after several years of suspension. Perhaps this kind of ideology and culture, rooted in generations, is difficult to get rid of in people's minds.
But for China, simple and decent clothing has always been one of educational concepts. Compared with a beautiful appearance, more attention should be paid to education of soul. Cultivating beauty of appearance is simple, but cultivating beauty of heart is a mandatory course in life.
Young people of new era can follow pace of fashion, but cannot blindly compare, which will only make their life lose quality.