Re: I'm worried....
- From: Ken Cashion <kcashion@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 09 May 2007 05:01:29 -0500
On Wed, 09 May 2007 04:11:16 -0400, Les Cargill <lcargill@xxxxxxxxxx>
Ken Cashion wrote:
On 6 May 2007 00:31:11 GMT, John Sorell <j.sorellCHEESE@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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On Sun, 06 May 2007 09:24:42 +1000, Stephen Calder <calder9@xxxxxxxxx>
John Sorell wrote:
....about Paris Hilton.
Don't worry. I have it on good authority she's okay.
Ironic that the title of her hit is "Stars Are Blind".
I'm worried too, because I don't know what you're talking about!
Pete (if I knew a single tabloid site, I'd use it...)
Save your time. I have a news feed on my computer monitor and got tired
of seeing her name flash by every so often. She is a rich celebrity who
got busted for something, blew the terms of her parole and now has to go
to jail for 45, or so, days. As far as I'm concerned her notoriety is a
sympton of a sick society. Kind of like Za Za Gabor. No reason for her
A good writer wrote about the death of a race car driver once and he
summed up the level of fame that has no apparent basis of value.
He wrote, "He was like a pillar of fire in the night but gave off no
useful light nor warmth, yet he was something to see, none the less."
When young people idolize fame and not the reasons for the fame, we
have people who are entertained by their own creations. The idols are
famous because they are famous...they are like a barely moderated
They ran a thing about Amelia Erhart on PBS's "American
Experience" Monday night. That's exactly what killed her - chasing
fame and not paying attention to the details. Ditto
Soctt vs. Amundsen in the polar expedition that killed
Scott but Amundsen all but skipped through.
I don't know why anybody would want to be famous. It
But it often pays well, and the nature of some folks require the
public's adoration to reinforce (or create) self-image. This defines
their character and without it, they are invisible.
I would prefer to be famous the proper way; O.M. (That is not a
guitar comment.) "Old Money." It is their wealth because someone
willing gave it to them. We should never be so petty as to begrudge
others their good fortune. How they use it is their business because
it is theirs.
I love this concept; I do not always understand it but I don't
understand a lot of things. That hardly disqualifies it. Someone
told Dr. Samuel Johnson that they did not understand his point while
debating. The Good Doctor said, "Sir, I have found you an argument --
I am not obliged to find you intellect." <g>
One more comment on your good observation. I have a friend who has
repeatedly put himself in dangerous situations in pursuit of his work.
This is known by others in his profession and it has become part of
his professional history. It is fame, but of another sort -- it is
peer approval and respect.
I was reflecting on this when he told me how lucky he was to be
released (without injury) after being captured by revolutionaries who
generally kill their captives.
I decided that of all the people who love a great story, I am one, but
I would not want to suffer and/or die to gain one. Quite a few people
do this. My friend is an archaeologist. <g>
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