Celebrity Sages

23 01 2008

I’ve been thinking a lot about the phenomenon of celebrity lately. I was watching a late night film which was interrupted with an ‘Entertainment Report’. I was informed of all the latest news/gossip about famous people.

It seems that as a society we just love to consume the images and lives of celebrities. Maybe these famous people attract us because they are living out our dream of what our lives could be. For many people, this may be the only transcendence they ever experience – imagining the life of a star.  

What disturbs me is that if someone is famous, they gain some sort of platform to give us advice on almost anything. For example, a person may be a well-known actor, and people will want to buy their book about parenthood. We look up to celebrities and make them role models. I guess subconsciously we think, “If I go on the same diet as Jennifer Aniston, maybe I will be attractive and wealthy like her someday.”

 Today I read Proverbs chapter 16 in the Bible, and discovered a number of wise sayings, a few I’ll include here:

 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
       and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

 The wise in heart are called discerning,
       and pleasant words promote instruction.

 A wise man’s heart guides his mouth,
       and his lips promote instruction.

 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
       sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

 There is a way that seems right to a man,
       but in the end it leads to death.

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