The Desire for Greatness

It’s been a while since someone has offered me something to share on CulturTwined, but it’s so much fun when I get to post a piece from someone else here! This time, I’m sharing something sent to me by Samuel Pereira, a very thoughtful Brazilian friend living here in London. Since I moved here, I’ve enjoyed hearing his perspective on life in this big city and among the people he is meeting here. This piece that he’s written has some interesting thoughts on how different people think and the pressures that push us to think in those ways… a culturtwining of values… a “valutwining”?! Enjoy…

With the development of technology in our world, it has become so small: it now fits into our mobile phones. That which was previously so large has become so small, we live in an inter-connected and globalised world, where people are monitored by Facebook, Twitter and MySpace… no one debates this fact.

These thoughts keep reminding me of Miley Cyrus and her scandals, the poor girl

The desire for greatness has led many people to pursue an immediate success, without any concern for personal reputation or for the situations to which they may need to expose themselves, like: posing naked in a magazine, the way BIG BROTHER degrades people, reporter-for-a-day, before or after, or a mention from some Gossip columnist who mobilises this interconnected, small world of ours. So often these new artists, created and not developed, grown yet immature, formed overnight, don’t develop antibodies to resist the damage that momentary fame can cause them.

I’ve noticed that these living dolls are victims of parasites (the media) that install themselves in order to suck their energy, such that they are weaklings, destined for a vile success, a success only they believe in, a narcotic illusion produced by their SPONSORS, who suck the best of their blood then abandon them when they are out of blood and energy to offer.

As a spectator, I have seen that this is nothing more than the return of the fight of the Gladiators, this time in an arena called Media, where rivals meet. One comes out victorious and the others are defeated. I watch today’s television programmes, that mess with the emotions of their audience, to produce pleasure, euforia and displeasure, at the expense of the next victim.

But not everything is negative. I see that today’s media can be used to show and to promote some people who are living behind the scenes. Knowing that the intention behind the promoters of this type of programme is to simply gain the largest number of slaves, hooked by the feeling of pleasure and euphoria when they are exposed to this type of entertainment, like in Rome’s arenas. We simply watch spectacles at the expense of someone else, we become hedonists living for pleasure and excitement.

Most people want to draw attention to themselves. My son Joseph, at 5 years of age, does things like: throw tantrums, cry, kick… sometimes we say he is being a drama-queen, that he is an actor, simply to get our attention – sometimes he succeeds, but sometimes it irritates me.

Another thing Joseph does, though, is cuteness, trying to make us laugh. It works, and we laugh a lot. This is the real, natural Joseph, expressing himself, the way he is.

Tantrum Joseph comes from time to time, when he wants us to give him attention. What he wants is for us to cater to his whims. It seems that his desire for greatness, has sharpened the tantrum, infantility. He becomes an actor to get the attention of his audience, to have one minute of success.

History has produced great icons, such as Billy Graham, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Gandhi. The greatness of such people is in the service that they gave and in the legacy that they left behind, even today we hear, see and live the echos of their lives in our daily lives. This is not the case with today’s test tube icons, genetically altered by a virus called Media.

IMMEDIATE SUCCESS DOES NOT CREATE ENOUGH FIBER TO SUSTAIN US THROUGH UNPOPULARITY.

JESUS SAID: HE WHO WISHES TO BE THE GREATEST SHOULD BE A SERVANT.

WHAT MATTERS IS THAT THE STUDENT (DISCIPLE) SHOULD BE LIKE HIS MASTER.

THE SON OF MAN CAME TO SERVE AND NOT TO BE SERVED.

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