Our culture celebrates celebrities to a fault. We place such a high priority on being famous that any other social status is unacceptable. But what does it mean — to be a celebrity — and is it worth the cost?
The search for meaning
We all want to be “epic” and don’t know why. Want to be important, to be needed.
We look at celebrities — famous people — and we envy them: their money, possessions, and prestige. We want their lives. But why?
What do celebrities seem to have that others do not? An audience. People who love them. So when we want the lives of actors and rock stars and millionaires, what are we really saying? That we wished someone loved us.
It goes without saying that this is tragic. Because not everyone can be a celebrity, and not everyone should. But we all should have someone to love us.
Success isn’t fame. And fame is hardly ever success. Success is about more than superficial standings or the number of Twitter followers you have.
Follow the latest celebrities, if you don’t believe me. See what “success” as done for them. Their stories are rife with pain and suffering and heartache. Abuse and addiction, divorce and failed relationships.
And this is what we want? Really?
Why not redefine “celebrity”?
If we’re envious of the lives celebrities seem to have, why not reconsider what we think it means to be famous? To earn attention? What about starting small with stardom?
Here’s an idea: Try being famous first in your own home before heading to Hollywood. Why not live a life worthy of praise from your friends and family before you try to appease critics?
Well, then. You might actually have something to make the celebrities envious. You might be rich, indeed.
Have you ever wanted to be a celebrity? Why or why not? Share in the comments.
*Photo credit: Jim Hutchison (Creative Commons)