by David Kupelian
Yesterday (and today) we’ve been hearing nonstop almost about the tragic (which it is) death of Heath Ledger, who incidentally was born here in Perth. The sheer worship of Hollywood stars is very disquieting to say the least, when we realise that these people are getting the worship that is due to God. By that I don’t mean that God should receive the kind of crazy adulation that people give to these celebrities – but that it’s a case of people willing to worship anything and everything except the one true God of the Bible. No wonder these people become mucked up and become ultra leftwing moonbats – it takes a strong minded person to resist this kind of adulation and constantly being told by their managers as to how great they are. What they become is exactly the opposite of what they need – the ability to look at themselves honestly.
Some excerpts from David Kupelians article
Elvis Presley was undoubtedly the most worshipped man on earth. He had wealth beyond imagining and was literally idolized by millions worldwide. Yet at age 42, full of inner conflict – evident in his drug addiction, weight gain and increasing isolation – his legendary drug use finally caught up with him. In fact, during the last year of Presley’s life, 1977, one physician alone reportedly prescribed 10,000 hits of amphetamines, barbiturates, narcotics, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, laxatives and hormones for “the king.”
For every self-destructive superstar who dies such a sad, early death, there are hundreds of Hollywood celebrities who live profoundly dysfunctional, conflict-ridden lives. Drug and alcohol abuse are commonplace and divorce almost the norm. Yet these people seem to possess everything most of us secretly covet – talent, fame, good looks, wealth, adoration.
So what goes wrong? What secret curse afflicts them?
I don’t wish to oversimplify. Each case has certain unique contributing factors, such as, in Garland’s case, the fact that as a child star she was routinely given amphetamines to get her going and barbiturates to help her to sleep. This obviously played an important role in the addiction and tragedy that were to come later in life.
Yet, there is one powerful dynamic – rarely discussed – that is common to virtually all dysfunctional Hollywood celebrities, and which does indeed become a curse to them.
The short answer,” claim the authors, “is ego. Insatiable ego. Constantly massaged ego. 24-hour-a-day concierge ego. 400-thread-count linen at the five-star luxury dog kennel ego. Trading in your pre-fame spouse for a world-class model ego.”
What does it take to be a superstar? According to Breitbart and Ebner:
… Every celebrity, by design and necessity, is a narcissist. The desire to become a star requires an incredible appetite for attention and approval. To achieve fame and its accoutrements takes laser-like focus and a nearly commendable ability to stay self-centered in the service of the dream. Maintaining celebrity is a 24-hour-a-day process requiring a full-time staff to solidify the star’s place at the top of the social pecking order. An impenetrable ring of “yes” creatures – including assistants, publicists, managers, agents, hair and make-up artists, stylists, lifestyle consultants, Pilates instructors, cooks, drivers, nannies, schedulers and other assorted caretakers – work round-the-clock to feed the star’s absurd sense of entitlement. Celebrities focus on the minutiae of self all the time – and they make sure that no distractions like airplane reservation snafus or colicky babies interrupt this singular focus. This often extremely lucrative self-obsession invariably becomes downright pathological. … Massive ego and narcissism may be the primary ingredients for achieving and maintaining Hollywood success, but they are also the No. 1 cause of the grandiose foibles in their storied, disastrous personal lives. The full-time job of parenting requires absolute selflessness. In contrast, the full-time job of celebrity requires absolute selfishness. The two by definition do not naturally co-exist. Yet, because of their fame, money and social power, stars somehow think they can defy the odds and maintain a high level of professional success, and still raise healthy families in the process.
No wonder so much rotten fruit is hanging from the dysfunctional celebrity family tree.
After all, you have to admit, it’s just crazy what we do: We take these people who sing songs, or tell jokes, or who make their living by acting like heroes, pretending to be something they’re not, and repeating lines others have written for them – and then we worship them. We call them “stars.” Is that nuts or what?
But we can learn something from what happens to those humans we worship. It’s not a coincidence that Hollywood celebrities so often become dysfunctional, ultraliberal weirdos. Our worship of them is hurtful – to us, but especially to them.
All of this – the super concentrating on the self is detrimental to our walk with God, who demands that the ‘self’ must be died to. His ways are diametrically opposed to ours. His way is God first, other people second and ourselves last, whereas man’s way is me first, other people second, and God last. My friend David correctly pointed out to me recently that my problems with my ongoing battle with depression has a lot to do with it being a super absorption with my bad feelings at such times, an area I’ve always had difficulty dealing with. It’s only in these later years I’ve started growing up somewhat, and begun to see that I’ve always allowed my feelings to rule my life. Believe me I can tell you from experience that in that direction self-destruction lies. I thank God I have had my eyes opened to the truth on many things. He has been so good to me – I can certainly see that now. On a side note, my political views have changed in a major way – I’m what you guys in the US would call a ‘recovering liberal’. Hehe.