In the most recent TIME magazine there is an article entitled, Your Own Personal Paparazzi. In this article it tells you how for a nominal fee you can pay people to follow you around, take your picture, and be annoying. If you go with one of the more expensive packages not only will you get 6 photographers, but you will also get a publicist and bodyguard to yell at the photographers you payed to follow you. The article goes on to state that these companies are popping up in major cities in the U.S.
Can I just say there are so many things wrong with this. The biggest problem I have with this is that it just emphasizes the point that we are glorifying the all the wrong people. We see Brad and Angelina, or Britney Spears being hounded by the press and think well they are rich and famous I think I want to be like them. So this is just another way for average people to pretend to be someone they are not.
We desire to be like these people why, because they can sing, because they can pretend to be someone they are not in a movie, well these are great reasons to make them our heroes. This drastically effects the students I am trying to minister to everyday. Many of them have chosen actors/musicians/athletes to idolize and no one seems to see the problem with this. The problem is that they are choosing heroes based on accomplishments instead of based on character.
When you choose a hero based on accomplishments instead of character, then that person can do the most immoral things and as long as they are famous they are still a hero. This then leads to people acting completely stupid for the sake of getting attention because they have not accomplished anything of value lately, but still want to be popular.
How about we start teaching our children to evaluate people based on character and not on accomplishments. That way when they grow up they will be people of character and integrity, not people spending hundreds of dollars to be noticed.