This weekend I was reading about the false allure of ‘fame” and this sketch came to mind. Below I have jotted down some prose to accompany my sketch to help clarify what the sketch says for me.
Admiration of fame is superficial. After all, some people reach fame by luck alone. But many people reach fame by the muscle of their talent. Yet should we admire talent? Talent is in large-part a seed inherited at birth. Thus how can we admire talent which is merely inherited? Perhaps we should admire the effort that is needed to bring an inherited talent to fruition. But can we admire an effort that does not come from the heart (passion) but instead comes from fear or hate? Even a passion-driven talent can be a disaster if it comes from an unbalanced life. The unbalanced passionate life often ruins the lives of others as well as that of the passionate person. Yet perhaps even the balanced life is not enough. How can we admire a balanced life which is not founded on love? For such a life is often bland and un-nourishing.
So is it fame we should admire? No, we should admire love in a balanced-life that nurtures passion with effort. It is these that lead to the Good Life. It is unimportant if talent or fame lie on your path. Yet talent and fame are what most cultures naively applaud. Instead, we are wise to look beneath the superficial things which attract the mind and distill those principles which yield the true sustenance of a good life.