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Celebrity Status

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Why are we so fixated on celebrities? Why do we seek them out? Why do we beg for their autographs? Why do we shoot selfies outside their rumored places of residence? Why do we monitor their tweets? Why do we hang on their very public word? Why do we try to make ourselves look like them? Why do we memorialize them with icons and wall-hangings of various sorts?

It may have come about thusly…

A long, long time ago, on a savannah far, far away, at least one of our ancient ancestors discovered the power of the suck-up (alliance). Instead of maintaining a wary distance, this ancestor learned to flatter the alpha de jour into including him or her in a sort of symbiotic alliance. In exchange for being assured of social inclusion and physical protection, our enterprising ancestor provided the alpha with worshipful attention, loyal service, and, in the case of female enterprisers, carnal favors.

In more recent times, the possibility of our ingratiating ourselves into a real suck-up with a real alpha for real social inclusion and real physical protection has all but disappeared. Even so, we can pursue a symbolic (or fantasy) alliance with any number of perceived alphas, toward gaining at least the illusion of real social stature and real physical protection. All we need do is simply allow ourselves to become fixated. Obsessed.

The rest will take care of itself.

2019-03-27T17:31:38+00:00March 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|4 Comments


  1. Barry Cook March 28, 2019 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Bingo! You have outed me. I take part in this blog because it’s the closest I can get to sucking up to Ben Franklin.

  2. Matt Fitzgerald March 27, 2019 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    This morning I was running in my neighborhood when a woman who was walking with a friend on the opposite side of the street flagged me down. No sooner had I stopped than she thrust a newspaper clipping under my nose. “Is that you?” she asked. Sure enough, it was. The clipping was a notice from the local paper about a book signing I’m scheduled to do at the Modesto Marathon expo this weekend. The woman explained that she sees me running all the time and recognized me in the photo that accompanied the short write-up. She and her friend introduced themselves and congratulated me on the book. I jogged off feeling pretty good. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to have fans (not that these two were fans, per se). This is not abnormal, of course. Many, perhaps even a majority, of today’s young people dream of being celebrities of one kind or another. That’s the other side of it.

    • TomF March 29, 2019 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      Finally, a celebrity in our midst! Congratulations!

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