By NIDA ALI
March 25, 2018
“Look at the person who is practically invisible, admire their character, read a book, read the news, talk to strangers, smile at love ones and keep up with what is good and important in this world.”
The first time I heard Kim Kardashian’s name was when some girl in high school was commenting on how big her butt is. The second time I heard her name was when her wedding lasted less than three months and no one could shut up about it.
It’s safe to say I wasn’t very good at keeping up with the Kardashians.
There was an era in time when people were recognized for their intellect and their accomplishments. Their ability to use their ideas to add value to aspects of society is what made them celebrities of their time. Their image was created based on the great reputation they earned based off their interactions with others and their positive attributes.
It is unfortunate that we’re living in an era of self-constructed images and celebrating false impressions of materialistic people. Character is now secondary to the image that someone can portray of themselves. If they can sell an image of themselves that impresses the masses, they are worth being celebrated.
We see something we like and immediately it becomes an ideal and everyone starts looking like clones of each other modeled after a social media icon.
Admittedly, it can be entertaining to absorb your time watching somebody else’s over the top, dramatic life unfold behind cameras. It can be captivating to lose yourself in their lavish lifestyle, expensive things, large homes, extravagant love lives and expensive beauty procedures. But where this crosses the line is when we forget to use our time appreciating valuable attributes in people that we can implement in ourselves for the better.
We live among millions and millions of different people. Some more ordinary than others. The man sitting next to us on the train, the woman lazily making your morning coffee at Starbucks, the old man selling fruits in the rain, the girl running with her oversized backpack to get to her class on time. So many of these people are applaudable for their character, what motivates them, their values in life and the principles they live by.
The world is full of insanely captivating news stories and the lives of several people that live lives so unfortunate when compared to our own. But we choose to keep up with the Kardashians?
However, all of this does not mitigate the fact that we’re allowing them to thrive in this shallow system where gaudy images are favored over beautiful character.
Yes, they’re intelligent in the department of marketing themselves and making money. Indeed, they know how to stay relevant and how to sensationalize their bodies and their personal lives. They have every right to do so. However, all of this does not mitigate the fact that we’re allowing them to thrive in this shallow system where gaudy images are favored over beautiful character.
If someone’s fame does not benefit this world, if the knowledge of their life doesn’t inspire you to become a better person, then what good is their fame?
It’s high time that we put money into the hands of people that deserve it for what good they can do for this world, not people who can simply work the flashy and borderline disgusting system in their favor.
Look at the person who is practically invisible, admire their character, read a book, read the news, talk to strangers, smile at love ones and keep up with what is good and important in this world.