A Relentless Pursuit of Fame
I don’t think anybody should necessarily strive for fame. But I do think when people strive for greatness in certain fields, fame is an inevitable byproduct. And that’s okay. Fame is certainly an expected byproduct of my creative pursuits. But I’m not pursuing out of a desire to be famous. At most, my desire that could most closely be compared to a desire for fame would be my desire to reach people, shift perspectives, and change lives. To be an influencer. A necessary precursor to that would be fame.
There is a difference though between pursuing fame for the sake of fame and pursuing certain goals that fame happens to be a side-effect of. For instance, you don’t eat because you’re pursuing an opportunity to take a shit. But it’s pretty much a guarantee that every time you eat, a shit will follow. Unless you’re Elvis.
I think people who pursue fame for the sake of pursuing fame are very misguided, and unfortunately that path almost inevitably leads to some form of mental illness. (Look at the YouTube shooter...) I also think the very idea of pursuing fame on the level that we currently experience it is such a brand new thing and has come about so damn rapidly that we as a society don’t even realize the extremely devastating ramifications of it. The massive harm that it does to our collective psyche.
I may be existing in an echo chamber on some level, but it seems to me that there is an uncanny amount of people (even very young children) who are relentlessly pursuing fame by any means necessary. There really are no role models speaking out against this either, at least as far as I can see. As a matter of fact, it seems as though a lot of adults who exist within the pop-culture sphere are actively exploiting these young people and their terrifying pursuits (ie Honey Boo Boo & Catch Me Outside Girl). For that matter, I think there are plenty of adults who are just as affected and enamored by this exact same neurosis.
I think we are currently in the infancy stages of a massively disruptive shift in the way we interact, think, and behave, and things will get much, much worse before they get better.