All my life I have heard Shakespeare's infamous quote, "Love is blind," but as I grow older and view the culture and society around me, I am beginning to wonder just how much truth there is to this saying. It seems like today love is determined by the conditions that society puts on it. People of certain religions, races, status, or amount of wealth should not be together by some of society's standards... If love was truly blind, would any of these things matter? Instead, we are faced with the consequences of looks on a daily basis. For instance, I heard a statistic a few days ago that if you have flourescent white teeth, you are more likely to be hired for a job, be offered more money for a job, and be asked on a second date. As if this has anything to do with one's abilities to fulfil the duties of a job or make a date enjoyable. I also see the girls in class pouring over fashion magazines saying, "If only I could look like that..." The reason? To find someone who will find them attractive enough to date. Where are the qualities that matter? Whatever happened to personality? My guess is that it was burnt up with that last batch of bleach applied to their hair, or vomitted up with their last meal because it had just too many calories. It never ceases to amaze me how many people I see enter into destructive relationships for no other reason than to have someone for their looks, or money, or status. If someone does not have the capacity to see past all of those things to the person within, what good is it anyway? They say that when you lose one sense, the others become stronger. In the case of love, losing sight may be the best thing that could happen.