Forum Post: Why do we care about the lifestyles of the rich and famous? 'It's All About Me' Wealth Culture
Posted 7 months ago on April 28, 2013, 3:25 a.m. EST by KevinPotts
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Why do we care about the lifestyles of the rich and famous? 'It's All About Me' Wealth Culture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPCr2GcdvCc&list=UUvb-DqrtgHRX-hPypnjfkdw&index=1 (0:00 - 3:33) Notice what the 2012 GOP Presidential Candidate, Fred Karger says at the end about our fascination with and idolization of Rich Celebrities “…that’s probably a good thing, it gives people something to aspire to…”
Thank you Kelly Carlin! -for Tweeting the link, it inspired me to write this :-)
“Why do we care about the lifestyles of the rich and famous?” Because they Need us to care, they Need us to idolize and dream of Wealth --to keep us doing this: ‘The American Dream in 30 Seconds’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpq7j-vFLPg
I Think The Reason Why Most People Idolize The Rich And Famous And Dream of Becoming Wealthy is because they feel it’s the only way possible to ever escape a lifetime of slavery, of being poor, of constantly struggling just to barely get by, which is Sad because instead of dreaming of a fair & un-oppressed, humane life for everyone, the oppressed are bamboozled into only dreaming of becoming members of the oppressive class themselves.
We grow up being taught that we live in the land of “Freedom” & “Democracy” “This Is As Good As it Gets! -And We Should Be Thankful For That!” America! -The Land of “Opportunity!” -“The Best Country In The Entire World!” We grow up being taught that “we can do anything if we just Work Hard enough”. Then we become adults and enter the real world and (for Too Many of us) the only part of what we’ve been taught that becomes true is the Work Hard part. And we slowly but surely begin to feel that Something Ain’t Right about what we’ve been taught. A Huge Conflicting Rift between what we’ve been taught to believe and The Reality of Our Lives begins to sink in. We never dreamed of spending our entire lives working at Wal-Mart or McDonald’s for minimum wage, yet (even after 4 years of college and a resulting lifetime’s worth of Debt) Wal-Mart and McDonald’s for minimum wage becomes the only type of work available. We never dreamed of working 2-3 jobs just to barely survive and never have any free-time, yet working 2-3 jobs just to barely survive and never having any free-time (for Too Many of us) becomes our inescapable “life”. But we never fully give up on “the dream” (either consciously or subconsciously) because we Need “the dream” to keep going, we Need to believe there is “light” at the end of the tunnel -because we’ve been programmed to think that way, from what we’ve been told over and over our entire lives about how “great” this country is -from ALL of the hundreds and thousands of hours spent glued to the television -from ALL of the Hollywood movies with happy endings where the good guys always win -from our religion, that if we just “believe” and “pray” hard enough “good things will surely come our way”. Because even though there is Nothing about the Reality of The Situation of Our Struggling Existence that implies our lives will ever get much better, we never fully give up on “the dream” because There Are Exceptions! -For “some people“ The Dream Does Sometimes Happen! -LOOK At Those Famous Celebrities! -LOOK At Those Famous Athletes! -LOOK At Those Famous Rock Stars! They ALL started from nothing! -and Worked Hard! -and Made It To The Top! The Dream IS Possible! Don’t You Want To Be RICH AND FAMOUS Someday? -LOOK At That Billionaire who started his own business from nothing and now He Has EVERYTHING! And so we idolize The Rich And Famous and we dream of becoming Wealthy and we accept this “some people lose and some people win” way of life as “Just The Way It Is”. Like a gambling addict at a Casino who always loses his money, there is always “The Chance” that he might win! Because sometimes people Hit The Jackpot! It Does Happen! Sometimes People Win! And it’s those few Winners that keep him playing and losing…it’s those few Winners that keep “the dream” alive…it’s those few Winners that Keep The Casino In Business, because at the end of the day, even though sometimes people “win”, Most People Always LOSE and its only The House that Always Wins. And just like the losing gambler justifies his gambling by those few “winners” at the Casino, we look at the Rich and Famous as proof that “the dream” is possible and we end up justifying and accepting a corrupt, inhumane system that is set up and designed for Most People To LOSE. As if -just because its “possible” that some people can Work Hard and become rich somehow justifies The Fact That Most People CANNOT. A Casino is “the best business in the entire world” because sometimes people win???
This is how you get hard-working-exploited-poor-people to play the Lottery and to stand in line ALL day to vote against their own best interests for Democans & Republicrats.
For Too Many of us, The American Dream is not A Fair & Un-oppressed, Humane Life For EVERYONE.
For Too Many of us, we just want to be “Rich”.