Nice quote. It is going in my archive.
Being famous, I would think, is over rated.
People barely knowing you will project their ideals upon you and build a fantasy caricature of who they think you are (Napoleans coined terms of 'making faces'). Anytime you step outside those boundaries, you upset and disillusion another teenager or child-man.
Let them worship you after you are dead. Then they can mytholgize you all they want and you are not constircted by their disapproval.
Frankly, if they just stuck with the message and not the messenger, they might actully have a fighting change of 'getting it right'.
OTOH... give me a chance to be rich anyday. Famous? Nah...
One more thing:
That was a nice essay that you linked to. As said, making an essay readable is an art form. In this era of the internet where boring means intellectual death, it takes on more importance than ever.
When the author of the essay talked about teaching the art of writing, it reminded me of words by Antoine de Saint-Exupery:
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
"If you want to build a ship don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
I've been complaining about America's obsession with American Idol and Dancing With The Stars a lot since the 2008 elections. But recently Americans voted for the likes of Idol winner Scotty McCreery, an All-American baby-faced small town Christian kid whose solid family, community and faith were highlighted as much as his talent was, as well as Bristol Palin, who placed third in a season of DWTS. Sorry, celebs - when allowed honest voting, America DOES still choose GOOD over evil, achievement over hype, humility over ego.
Reminds me of a favorite quote:
“The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.”
John W. Gardner, Secretary of Health Education and Welfare under JFK and author of “Excellence.”
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