interesting and ironic moment from yesterday, the day Michael Jackson died…wasn't our Prez supposed
to have the spotlight all day? ABC had given the President and his administration unprecedented, free coverage for an all day Obama infomercial on the health care plan…but
then MJ died. All the evenings news was gobbled up by MJ news…even news anchors on cable channels had to deal with the reality of a cultural icon instead of focusing on truly important things. I "feel" for the Prez though…getting bumped by MJ, that's had to be unnerving for the
administration…poised and ready to go only to be trumped by another
celebrity…oh what a culture we live in!
Seriously, as I emailed a friend today…this is another sign of our celebrity driven, narcissistic, consumeristic culture and the out of control idolatry that goes along with these realities. These things are deadly friends…the only way to find your life is to lose it…wasn't that something Jesus said? The tragedy of MJ's story is the how the supposed "limelight" of public adoration and adulation is really darkness that slowly encompasses and eventually destroys the person seeking it. We've seen that in many so-called celebrities lives…it is tragically ironic – your 15 minutes of fame is going to cost you. More than you are probably really willing to give.