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15 March 2010 @ 06:28 pm
"Our overabundant interest in celebrities is evidence of our emotional and spiritual sickness. I should know. I live this life of constantly wish I had more and was more and looked like more. But in reality, all I really want is to feel like more. I want to believe I am more. We think if we attach ourselves to something who appears to be more, then, by association, we will get more, too. Well, it ain't going to happen. When we put someone on a pedestal, the reality is that we've put ourselves down." -- Kari Breed Coming to Terms with Mediocrity (And Other Humorous Life Lessons
mathhobbitmathhobbit on March 15th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I agree with all of this statement.

I think "celebrities" serve as role models, as proof by example that there's more to life than the one I'm living, and as outlets for living vicariously.

I wish we had more celebrities like Ghandi and Einstein and fewer like Madonna. I think the evidence of our emotional and spiritual sickness is our choice of who to venerate. (Crap, am I sexist? I can't think of an easy good female celebrity.)
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on March 15th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
I quoted it less for the comment on celebrity and more about the comment about looking around us and putting ourselves down because of it.

The rest of the vignette talks about how we hold them to such high esteem as to take away their privacy. I think she mostly protests the modern celebrity, rather than holding historical figures in esteem.
mathhobbitmathhobbit on March 16th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Well, ok then, Stephen Hawking and Jimmy Carter. ;)

I wish I'd gotten your point. I sat through a meeting this morning listening to people report on the good works they've been doing and wondering why I suck so much. Maybe that's an example?

I find that I have high standards for my own achievement professionally (which I chronically fail to meet), low standards for romantic and athletic achievements, and am content to be a fair-to-middling craftsman in most of my other endeavors. I don't know what that says about me.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on March 16th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
You may feel, as I did, that if they're paying you, you should be "worth" the money.