11.14.2007

Pot Shots At Those On Top

Yesterday as we were leaving my office my 10-year-old son said, "Dad, I've decided I don't want to be famous". I found it hilarious that in his mind he was destined to fame until he decided he didn't want it. When I asked him why he had decided not to be famous he had an interesting response. "Because when you're famous everybody sits around waiting for you to make a mistake and then they gossip to each other about it."

Then this morning I came across this article listing the least sanitary CEOs. I'm fascinated by the way our society builds people up and sets them on a podium and then quickly looks for ways to take pot shots at them. It's a weird mix of admiration and envy.

It reminds me of the various conversations I've heard (and been a part of) when Christian leaders fall. A weird mix of admiration and envy, I think.

1 comment:

erik w/a "k" said...

I was just reading an article about Matt Damon and his response to being named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine.

He jokingly said all the campaigning and fund raisers have paid off. And that he got a nice ego boost for being an aging suburban dad.

I began to think of what people would say if I actually let my name stand for that "position." (I have denied their request 7 years and counting now).

I was thinking of what the media would try to find on me and how they would love to see someone rise and then tear them down. Then I read your blog. It is interesting and weird, isn't it?