“Let’s just say that fame was like a drug. But what was even more like a drug was the drugs.”

The title is from an episode of The Simpsons that was a great parody of the VH1 Behind the Music series.  I thought of Homer’s quote recently when reading about a fictional work that covered the fame “drug.”

The point was that when people achieve fame it indeed works like a drug.  They need more and more to get the same satisfaction.  Worse yet, they can’t really enjoy the fame they have, because after the initial high the emotions shift to fear of losing the fame.

Our desire for recognition (i.e., fame) can come in many forms, and are almost all self-destructive.  Whether it is the traditional kind of worldwide fame or just the craving of “likes” on Facebook, these will ultimately not give us lasting fulfillment.  Only what we do in and through Christ will last.  We are nearly all better off not being famous!

2 thoughts on ““Let’s just say that fame was like a drug. But what was even more like a drug was the drugs.””

  1. In our house we have this saying called the tin cup. It alludes to a beggar on the streets holding his tin cup out and when someone drops a coin in the “CLINK” sound makes him happy. This “CLINK” is what we call it when we realize that we are happy because of some extra likes on a post or something like that. We joke about it around here as a part of our humanity, a part that must be managed and restrained, because we are convinced that it can’t be killed. It always manages to rear its head somewhere.


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