Celebrity worship and self-deception

Celebrity worship – it’s not just an American thing … it’s an unfortunate weakness of humanity.

The agenda of the Hollywood driven forms of media and Internet personalities want to convince the general public that celebrities are worth celebrating (and by celebrating of course what they’re looking for is your money and a lot of it) because they’re more “beautiful” or because they’re “smarter” or because they’re “funnier” or because they’re more “talented” in every possible category. The list is limited by your imagination.

Speaking of the ability to imagine. When it comes to celebrities, one glaring weakness is social media. A social media account that comes straight from the “celebrity” (which means I’m not talking about the accounts administered by paid staff to promote the “flawless” persona of the celebrated person) is the one place the general public has the ability to see who exactly is being celebrated.

Over the last few weeks and months, the world has been dealing with varying levels of heartache and turmoil due to the Corona virus. These levels range from worries about the availability of household items, to the stresses of job and financial securities, as well as the heartache due to the death of loved ones. These issues, with numerous others falling within the gaps, are what average people around the world are dealing with – but worry no longer because the celebrities are here to let us know about the solutions to our problems!

One celebrity, while sitting in their mansion without health, food or financial worries, serenaded social media with a song that includes lyrics such as, “…imagine no possessions… imagine no Heaven… imagine no religion…” not to mention the asinine concept of imagining “no countries” while singing a song that promotes a pie-in-the-sky version of a country-driven form of extreme governmental control. This celebrity revealed to the American culture what they are not able to see about themselves – they are out of touch with reality! And perhaps this is understandable because they make an extremely large amount of money playing pretend in front of a camera.

Another celebrity was recently interviewed with the purpose of conveying this individual’s advice to the general public on “keeping calm and finding your passion in stressful times.” The interviewer did their best to show how this celebrity was having to cope with current stressful conditions like “everyone” else. How did they do this? Well, they informed the reader that recently this celebrity “was under a high-pressure situation” with their boyfriend because they “nearly missed the last [private] flight” out of a foreign country. In relation to this celebrity’s worries about their finances and their investment in CBD companies, the celebrity said, “I’m grateful for this time now… I’ve never really been afraid of that. In fact, I’m learning about astrology, and Aries are never afraid to transition and make changes. That’s definitely been me in life.” When it came to the celebrity’s food concerns, the interviewer informed the reader the celebrity is cooking vegan meals and their “fingers were still yellow from grating fresh turmeric and ginger for the curry” made from the previous night. And when it comes to coping, this celebrity “advised that during this time of social distancing, it’s a beneficial time to learn what it is that you actually really love to do.” So, trust the non-sentient stars and the month you were born in because that makes perfect sense for everyone else born during that time-period who is suffering with “normal” avenues of banned transportation, without fresh vegan produce and without a million dollars in the bank, all the while missing out on the ability to seek out what they really love to do. Reality is knocking!

My point in all of this is not to promote ill-feelings toward individuals who have fared-well financially, or any other ill-feelings in particular. My point is how self-deceived we are as a culture when we “worship” and show favoritism to, and listen to, and provide platforms for, and promote “big-time” individuals who have no self-awareness or understanding for the experiences of all the “little-people”… which is made evident to all when they speak from on high to the people at the bottom.

Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?” (James 2:5-7 NKJV)