WORTH IT? It is no credit to our phase of civilization if it is fear rather than ambition that drives most of those who bankrupt themselves on the vanities, or who end up under the surgeon's knife. It is the fear of falling short, of being inadequate in the eyes of others, including loved ones. [... ] It is unfitting, one might say, improper, treating one's owm body as a tool rather than a part of oneself. [... ] The bottom line is that it dishonors ourselves, for we ought to think better of ourselves than that.