I’ve written pieces about this before (see “Are Celebrities REALLY fake? More analysis to come.”, and “‘Everything is Fake’”), but as I always say, I hope to go down a different path even though the topic is similar, as I have already attempted to do many times and which I will probably continue to do based on this fact. I’ve discussed my own personal history with this reality of “fakeness” and how this tied into religion with my piece “‘Fake’ Reality and Religion”, so you get a little bit more of a backdrop about this “fake” idea if you read all of the above pieces. But, nonetheless, I have always been interested in this topic, if not because I myself have been guilty of calling famous or rich people “fake”, but because I generally just find the entire processes quite interesting.
I’ve already discussed why I believe that people suggest that celebrities are “fake”, but now let me discuss, as thoroughly as I can, all of the ins and outs comparing famous people to non-famous people. The purpose of this is solely for my own curiosity’s sake, and because I love learning and this topic is just of interest to me. I suppose we must begin with what “fame” is. Definitionally (at least to the best of my ability), fame is when a number of people are aware of your existence and aware of something you do and they enjoy what you do. This is distinguished from “infamy”, in which people are aware of what you do and do not enjoy it. There are a lot of famous people who have a lot of people that do dislike what they do, but if they did not also have a lot of people that enjoyed what they do, then they wouldn’t be “famous.” So fame is simply a number of people that enjoy what you do. It’s very basic, despite all of the things that create this fame. Definitionally, it’s an incredibly simple term.
So the only difference between a “famous” person and a person that isn’t “famous” is that the famous person has a large number of people that enjoy what said person does while a non-famous person does not have as many people that get enjoyment from what that person does. It is very interesting how people acquire fame. It is interesting because the process is complex, and that’s an understatement. It involves what the “famous” person decides to do, which has its own complexity. It also involves how that famous person becomes known, which is complex, including how he initially decides to present his creations, and then it’s kind of an infinite process to figure out why a specific person found out about the previous person and how he did it, what he decides to do with that information, and on and on ad infinitum. So if you were to ask why a particular person is famous, you’d have to ask why they do what they do (which basically is a question of why do they like doing said thing), how did they decide to present it, why was it received by the people that received it, why were the people that discovered it looking there when they were, why did they decide to do what they did with that information, and then finally, you will have a description of why a particular person is famous. As I said, it’s incredibly complex. But it is an interesting question nonetheless, and perhaps even because of that complexity. I don’t quite know. The main point of this piece is that there are complex actions that go into making one “famous” or not. Basically, what I previously discussed are all of the complex processes that make one “famous” or not. So why does one not become famous? As I said, fame involves performing specific actions that specific individuals find enjoyable, and the way they find these particular actions involves both how the initial actor decides how to present his actions as well as the individual desires of those involved, and whom they choose to “consume” based on their desires, and all whom they consume performed actions that they desired and so on and so forth. So the basic reason, ultimately, that some people are famous is that their fans want them to be. It’s that simple. They performed actions that people liked, and the people demanded more. Thus, “fame” was created. It’s that simple.
So now that we’ve understood fame, what is the relationship between famous people and non-famous people? Although I have met some people that don’t despise the fame of others in general, the majority of non-famous people do despise famous people. Non-famous people think that their lives would be a piece of cake if they were famous. It’s always the case that we believe that the things that people become rich and famous for are easier than whatever it is that we are doing at the moment, and we want what they have on an immeasurable scale. Of course, I’ve discussed what fame actually is, and that’s performing actions that a number of other people enjoy that warrants the title of obtaining “fame.” So what does this mean for people that aren’t famous? This means that their actions have not caught the attention of other people whom are looking to get their own desires met, and thus they do not have an audience that enjoys their actions. It’s an incredibly complex process, but interesting nonetheless. Just think of all of the possibilities where someone could eventually become famous for something they’ve done their whole lives, or you discover someone somehow that isn’t famous but you enjoy what they do just as much as you’ve enjoyed anything that anyone has done, yet they aren’t famous and maybe perhaps they’re even poor. It’s so complex to think about all of the possibilities that could occur relating to fame and how we perceive specific individuals with regards to fame or lack thereof.
“‘Fake’ Reality and Religion” and another particular piece that I’m going to write about fame (of which I don’t want to announce the title because I don’t want it used) relate to this more intimately, and they branch off into other aspects of fame. But the basic point is that fame is an action performed that garners the attention of others based on their particular actions and of whom enjoyment is experienced. So fame is not “evil”, as I discuss in “‘Fake Reality and Religion”, and a lot of it has to do with envy, as I sadly know all too well as it consumed many years of my life. But fame is simply performing actions that cause other people to take actions and experience enjoyment as well. So quite honestly, “fame” as a concept is one of the best concepts that we have as humans, because “fame” is how a large number of people are made happy, so that’s fascinating. Any other definition of “fame” is not getting to the point and is envy instead because someone attacking “fame” who is not famous has simply not performed actions that make a large enough number of people to warrant “fame” happy. It’s quite interesting, and I know the pains of envy, and that’s another topic that I’m going to get into later on (and that I already have gotten into), so look forward to that in the future.
Also, look forward to a piece about why exactly it is we dream of fame and all that pertains to in a separate piece.