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We worship celebrities just because they portray real humans skillfully?

February 23, 2013

Sitting On The Throne

I was walking home from school one day with my best friend, when our conversation turned to the president, Lyndon Johnson, and going to the bathroom. For some reason my friend was incredulous when I said the President of the United States of America goes to the bathroom. “Presidents do not go to the bathroom,” he insisted, while I insisted that the president, like any other human being, does go to the bathroom.

My friend was a straight A student, the top of our class, so I’m not sure where he got this idea. But this idea is not too far from how many today think of celebrities (including our celebrity president). I think somewhere in this idol-attitude lies the problem with today’s society and culture. Somewhere in this process of elating other co-members of humanity to worship status, we’ve lost ourselves and our common sense. (Should we worship celebrities just because they portray real humans skillfully?)

With the complicity of the news media, these god/goddess celebrities have suddenly become pundits on every subject from politics to geology (even though many of them were drop-outs and/or failed the very subjects they claim to be experts in). And instead of making sure we remember the humanity of these celebrities (including our celebrity president), the news media are awe-struck by them as well.

We are quickly becoming ancient Greece and Rome, as this dishonesty pervades every area of our culture, diminishing our common sense, and obscuring the obvious. Perhaps it gives hope to some to think that someday they’ll also escape mortality, become president, throw away their toilet paper, and never again have to sit on that humbling throne. But that throne will always be with us – a daily reminder of just how human we ALL are.

According to a recent poll, almost half of Americans (excluding members of the media) still know that presidents go to the bathroom. And it’s the only throne that WE THE PEOPLE intend to share with our president.


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