The Victims of FameWritten by Advice Diva
We all have capacity to fall for allures of fame and fortune. Elevated from innocent hopes of “American Dream” stands illusion of immortality which accompanies lofty aspirations for money, power and fame. Unfortunately, fame can play a devastating role in relationships. At first, American sucker feels beginning euphoric effects stemming from a little bit of notoriety or large cash profits. It acts like a drug seeping deep into veins and covering heart and brain. After that, he only wants more. Once he, or she for that matter, has tasted splendors of fame, he will stop at nothing to get more and to be on top. Nothing will get in his way and he is willing to sacrifice anything or anyone. The desire for recognition is so powerful that it can drive some people into depression, drugs and even insane asylums. This kind of behavior is perfectly exhibited in Hollywood as well as in mainstream corporate America and political forum.
There are always numerous victims on any one person’s jaunt to fame. The two most important are ones they love and themselves. They, themselves, become victim to their own lust because they happen to forget who they really are and what they really want in life. They are blinded by riches they can have immediately and their priorities change. Infamy has shown its toll on many superstars such as Madonna. Years after she published dirtiest coffee table book in America she was found distancing herself from book and desiring children. So fervent was her desire to have children and a normal relationship, values which have escaped her in past, that she actually did end up with children and managed to write a children’s book. Even with her passion for infamy there was still a side of her that sought after that conventional life with good old-fashioned values. Her return to normalcy was short-lived after her romantic kiss with Britney Spears shocked world. Again, Madonna was clamoring for attention from spotlight.
The people they love are next victims on list. When people have money, power and fame they can buy just about anything. They can buy people, women and sex. We have seen many instances when suddenly famous man leaves his wife of twenty years to have an elite affair with a six foot tall blond from Sweden. That story has been told since birth of Hollywood. The fact that powerful always seem to fall into arms of steamy extramarital affairs is because power makes impressionable person feel as if he can do whatever he wants. Moreover, his old values of family and home have become superceded by overwhelming desire to achieve. Because power and success is always measured by comparison to another, it is never fully achieved and therefore a vicious cycle is created.
The Emmaus Journal ~ "What Is Wrong With Being Common?"Written by C.L. Mareydt
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The Emmaus Journal ~ "What Is Wrong With Being Common?"
This questioning title has tenaciously lingered in my mind for past few months. Precociously tethered within a shallow stigma and pushed to cliff of distasteful obsolescence; it seemingly mustered one final effort within my mind to be heard. It's voice almost now a muted whisper bends my mind into a straining listening poise. I begin to sense a long lived pain and deepening sorrow for a passing away of what once use to be. Introspectively my heart receives a string of words that seem more like a benediction, causing a response of unknown sadness. Oh so common, left have you your days, 'twas that which seemed so common now has passed away. Left behind so strangely alone, no one to notice, no one to mourn.
In today's Reality our lives seem to be harbored in a momentous effort to be everything but common. Consider and ponder with me a moment. Common is not what one avidly seeks nor is taught as being generally accepted. Common is widely looked upon as a social disorder in banality. So many cliché's have been assimilated that we carry a pre-disposition against that which may even appear as common. Being associated with any form of commonness is to be ostracized in a world that is now held in a blazing stream of mass materialism and a propagation of success at all cost. Common is usually a kin to poor and ignorant. Common sets a indelible mark upon a human being like a tattoo of distain. After all, we must strive to raise above common. We must free ourselves from benign background of common. We must scale an upward ladder out of our common linage to leave our mark upon this world. We must not succumb to common, nor allow it to entrench us in its ordinary paths. We must, we must ...
Oh so common, 'twere a Friend before your time, wistful acceptance yet wanly pushed aside. A paling glance now too faded away, falling on beyond such bounds till forever never stays.
Unfortunately, an out of touch hybrid Reality is trying to replace all forms of commonality. Producing in its stead an homogenized social class system hidden behind layered masks of separation, quite unlike any other. Promoted by a sense of intense dissatisfaction and an inner emptiness that cannot be filled; it has usurped motto that "More means best; and to be best, you have to have more". More of what you might ask? Simply, more than common! No longer is it adequate or savvy to be a 'Butcher, Baker, a Candle Stick Maker'. You must be only 'Butcher', only 'Baker', only 'Candle Stick Maker'. You must outwit, outsmart, out do, out shine, out class. You must, you must ...