Quote of the Day

Vector illustration of speech bubbles“Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it.” ~Harold Kushner

So many young people crave fame and celebrity as a life goal in itself. They see it as a road to riches and a life of hedonistic pleasure. However what they fail to see, it seems, is how pointless such an existence is in reality. Firstly having fame and celebrity comes with its own problems and it is certainly no guarantee of happiness. Secondly to be a ‘celebrity’ simply because of any media attention you’ve gained and the notoriety on which it is based means that you trade largely on the ‘car crash’ which your life must gradually become. The media, whether it’s television, the press or social media, exist to make money not to promote celebrities. Celebrity stories appeal to viewers of course, which explains media interest. However it is the ‘car crash’ celebrity stories that really draw viewers in. So to grab regular media attention you have to compete in the ‘my life is a complete mess’ stakes. How pointless is that? What a waste of any talent you have, if that’s as far as your ambition goes. Surely it is much better to make a difference in life and leave a legacy behind. You will be remembered for the difference you make to the lives of others. No one will remember you just because your name regularly appeared in down-market tabloids for all the wrong reasons. If that’s all you achieve, in the end you’ll be regarded as a complete loser. So make sure you lead a life worth living and leave this world a better place for you having passed through it.

© RJ Sutton and Mann Island Media Limited 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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