Monday, February 22, 2010
Today’s theme relates to “status” and the impact it has on our society. Just recently, I have joined the millions of people who communicate daily through a platform of connection called Twitter. This tool for social networking has surpassed 50 million status updates daily! Celebrities, business owners, and the general populace tap into this appealing nexus sharing their lives at the push of a button. It is a constant stream of communication linking our lives in 140 characters or less. As much as I want to leap into this habit-forming media, my purpose lies elsewhere. My question concerns our society and the need to conform to famous individuals, the appeal of materialism, and a focus of status and wealth.
Diving into a business of fashion and strongly encouraged by celebrities, embracing a vision around our gift of individuality will be tough. These models of society impact our views in many different directions. Fed by the media, these everyday heroes’s carry an amazing amount of weight on how we live our lives, and what’s important. You see it in forms of dieting, money, success, fashion, and status. Undoubtedly these goals offer a new perspective toward a fulfilling life, but at what point do we compromise our own uniqueness? In the words of Henry David Thoreau – “being unique enables us to see life differently.” We are defined by our actions and experiences, not by how much money or status we possess…
Thoreau’s analysis causes us to rethink our direction and what’s important. Why are we so consumed by who is dating who, who’s wearing what, and the endless tabloid gossip? Celebrities hold this power, and capture our hearts… exposing their belief of wealth and status. People in society admire these thriving idols, including myself. It’s hard not to, their lives are fascinating and far from our own. Realizing they are people just as us, wanting respect and to be appreciated is undeniable. Remember, your gift of individuality is special… live your life to the fullest instead of dwelling on how great we could be. I hope this has helped in some way, and wish you great successes in life!
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” ~ Thoreau
All the best,
Posted by Mark Nava at 8:07 PM