reply to post by budski
This Cult of Celebrity you call it, truely is a disease. One of many that this generation are especially vulnerable to. People emulate what that view
as success in hopes of achieving a similar end. It's pitiful.
Nothing in life can be more important than popularity. If you're well known, you get attention, you get money, influence, cheap women(or men if you
prefer). Life is yours for the taking.
However, we need to look at the big picture. Throughout history, well before modern media, people have been doing some outlandish things, for no real
reason at all.
The rise of modern religion, for example, without even seeing the people the old books talk about, with numerous changes in what his divinely
permitted over the centuries, people remain captivated. Not to knock anyone's religion.
Then there are cults designed specifically around the idea of opposing the mainstream beliefs.
How about the people who nail themselves to a cross every good Friday in the Philipines?
Every group has some quirks about them. You cannot tell me children did not play as warriors in ancient times. Yet, our children do the exact same,
only with video games. Yet people say this influences the way our children turn out.
Rather than looking at all of this through a microcosm of "Fame" or "Celebrity" we need to look at "emulation." People emulate traits that they
find appealing. Whether those traits are positive or not. Some kids want to be strong, and atheltic so they look up to sports heroes. Some look up to
those in power, so they run for class president, or local office as they grow up.
Today's obsession is fame. You hit it right on the button. Along with that, people aspire to look like the famous, they get surgery to look like
others(One fellow I saw recently had a great deal of work down so that he looked like Michael Jackson.)
Now, the whole idea behind emulation, is people believe the idol they are projecting their devotion on to has something fundamentally different, and
therefore disrable that they do not have. It is a belief in "LACK."
I define lack as the origin of evil. It puts up walls between us, creating seperation. When a man kills another man, he does so because he lacks
exciteemnet, or he lacks pleasure, or he lacks vengeance, or he lacks honor that he will recieve from the killing.
When a man steals, he steals because he lacks money, or something that may be obtained by it.
When people base their decisions off of lack, as opposed to self-improvement, they are not taking responsibility for transforming their lives. They
are not doing as nature designed them to. When you feel that you have everything you need, you just need to take the steps to get there, you are
acting in a creative attitude. This attitude has more than once changed the world. Many a great ruler, or famous artist, or influential scholar
started somewhere, without that which they became famous for. Yet, they attained it. They looked inside, and found the resources to make their dream
Everything we aspire to achieve, and move towards, has a cost. Now, getting back to the subject of this thread, these youths aspire to be famous. They
aspire to attain that which they lack, freedom, fun, excitement. The quickest and easiest way to attain celebrity is to walk down the road of
It is always a shame when we look externally for that which we desire. When we do this, it can only lead to ruin. When you determine what you want,
and start taking action towards it, opportunities may come up as if by magic to help your goal. Perhaps you make friends with a guy who has a cousin
that is a producer.
However, rather than put the work in to achieve excellence in one area that they may be known for, they instead, want the "Paris Hilton" approach of
being famous for fame's sake. As was mentioned previously, today's "reality" tv is anything but. We do not live in mansions, ordrive fancy cars,
or go on contests. We are simply watching ordinary people behaive in unusual situations. However, through this new venue, a number have achieved star
status, unfortunately, few hold on to the shimmer of flashing cameras. The ones who do have a true talent, the others are quickly forgotten by most
people, and become cult icons by the fans who locked on to their personalities and foudn a sort of resonance.
The main issue here is a belief in lack. This belief in lack has caused every war. (We lack freedom, we lack land, we lack access to Heaven, we lack
power). On a miniature scale, this is what is happening to our youth. They lack stardom, and so their lives are boring and without meaning. They do
not know how to enjoy what they have, nor are they willing to go through the often tedious process of forging an ability and doing the legwork to
become reknown for it.
This is truely a sad state of affairs, however, it is no different than what has occured in any other era. We are simply more aware of it, and we are
disgusted by what we see. But there are others who are dazzled by the glitz and glamour and would cast all they have away for a chance to be someone
else. The song "RockStar" by Nickelback is an anthem for this regretable mindset.
Perhaps if an emphasis was put on developing talent, and the hard work involved, if we made that road more desirable, maybe then, we could be a the
nail in the coffin of Lack's newest Mask; Fame for Celebrity's Sake.