Celebrities – What’s really Worth Celebrating?

I sat in a café some 3000 metres above the sea on top of the Swiss Alps doing some of my mathematics studies during the World Economic Forum in Davos when a group of men walked in and almost immediately people were rushing to take selfies with one of them – applauding him and shaking his hand. At about 6 foot 6” (2m) tall and a big build I guessed he was some sort of athlete but could not put a name or sport to the face. After the group left the café the waiter informed me that he was one of the most famous boxers in the world, from Russia.

This left me wondering… all the celebrations, congratulations and well-wishes – what are they actually for?

For the record, if two men, or women, both want to get in a ring and punch each other in the heads, then by all means that is up to them… their bodies, their lives.

The point here is more about the interest and devotion that this sort of activity garners. And so the questions that come to me are:

  • How are we at a place where millions of people use pay-per-view to watch from home and many more spend the equivalent of thousands of dollars to travel to and attend such an event?

AND…

  • Where have we really come to as a society if, apart from perhaps the consent of both parties, things have not changed since the times of the Colosseum?

A fascinating part in all this is that if we show someone a video of a man being horribly and brutally beaten, it will in most cases receive gasps and looks of disgust. But then if you were to explain that the person had consented, it all becomes okay – yes? Where does this incoherence stop? If it is okay to commit an act of violence with consent, are we then able to commit murder with consent? If that’s too much to stomach, are we then able to perform random unregulated amputations with consent? Would this too attract a large crowd and vast sums of money? Who does and how does one draw the line of distinction between what is acceptable under the guise of consent and what is not?

With all the issues going on in the world at the moment – wars, corruption, poverty, cancer, mental illnesses, suicide, female genital mutilation, sex trafficking all the way down to lack of self-worth, lack of confidence and body issues to name but a few – SURELY there are ways of spending our time, energy and money that benefit us rather than punching us in the face, literally speaking.

I count myself blessed to know what I consider celebrities to be: real people doing real jobs in such a way that is worthy of celebration – and then some!

Serge Benhayon and his family have become a massive part of my life, from the most inspiring chats over dinner to workshops and presentations that not only give me the opportunity and support to bring out the best in me, but at the same time show me how humanity has gotten into this particular point on its derailed trajectory. The Benhayon family, the most ordinary extraordinary group of people, have shown me what deep down I have always known – that there is a way to live life without letting life live you. In other words, we can be in life empowered through our wise and loving choices without being what life wants us to be.

This to me is something that not only I have not seen anywhere else, but in fact the opposite has been cemented; the idea that without (especially tertiary) education you cannot be successful; the concept that marriage is a ‘compulsory’ part of a ‘complete’ life (you only have to look at the divorce rates to see the falsity of this one); the belief that what we make of ourselves career-wise is who we are, and by that token if we are a cleaner or serving in McDonalds then we are not worthy contributors to the all as much as perhaps the Rolls-Royce riding rich are.

So, when I go to celebrate someone, my first question is: what are they contributing to society? Are they accelerating our evolution or are they delaying it? A good space to ask ourselves another question here – what is evolutionary about punching another in the head to the point that their facial features get distorted, permanently damaged and or they even become comatose? Which part of this disturbing factual scenario is entertaining? Our money’s worth?

If the external is glamorised and made to be everything, then I would suggest that this perpetuates the current plague of self-doubt, lack of self-worth and self-abuse we are all witnessing in large doses in society at the moment. Not something I personally care to celebrate.

If it is that we are already everything, already amazing, beautiful and awe-inspiring before we even take a step to do something, if it is that we are so much greater as a society than the way we are choosing to live, if it is that there is absolute GOLD just waiting to be unlocked in each and every person that walks this planet – surely, living THAT is what we should be investing in and celebrating.

And that is what I continue to celebrate, for as a very caring young man, to see us all gently rise out of the predicament we have taken ourselves into would make my heart sing.

True celebrities are men and women who dedicate their lives to know themselves through their innate love, wisdom and light, not through fame, recognition or glamour.

By Michael Brown, Maths Student and Manager in Retail

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Are Humans Insane?
Serge Benhayon – A True Man
The world teacher

647 thoughts on “Celebrities – What’s really Worth Celebrating?

  1. The weird thing about celebrities and our devotion to them is that we focus on that one part of their lives that we see as special but completely disregard the rest. We bow down to someone because they can hit a golf ball really well (not something that will evolve mankind in any way) but ignore the fact that their personal life and relationships are a mess.

  2. Yes, if true integrity is what we are going for, we need to tighten who and what we celebrate as we could say it’s harmless to celebrate a boxer in fact we are encouraging beating people up.

  3. Learning to live life from our innermost is most certainly something to celebrate and a much fuller way of living success in the world.

  4. ‘the belief that what we make of ourselves career-wise is who we are’ I used to live this one for many reasons, the main ones being I didn’t appreciate who I am -so I always thought it was about how good I did something- and the fact that the magic that can come through me isn’t something I created or even own, it’s there for everyone. I am not special but I am as precious and dear as we all equally are.

  5. The world seems to be obsessed with celebrities at the moment where anyone can become a celebrity over anything, irrespective of how shallow that thing may be. This sets us up to have a really low standard in terms of who and what we celebrate..

  6. I wonder if our current take on celebrities, and often you don’t actually have to do anything to be a celebrity (big brother, reality tv shows etc) is simply a form of distraction away from our own lives. Because with celebrities it’s like we pretend they live amazing perfect lives when often the opposite is actually true – it’s like we’re not even truly celebrating the person, but a perfect fantasy picture we’ve created of them that we can use to escape from the difficulties of our own lives, when underneath is a human being struggling with the same stuff we are.

  7. I have heard that the domestic violence rates in Australia and NZ and no doubt elsewhere actually go up when a prestigious rugby or soccer match is on even if the team win or lose. This says a lot about society and sadly where our choice to not evolve has taken us.

  8. We really need to wake up to the fact that awarding people celebrity status for allowing themselves to be bashed while they bash another is crazy.

  9. This whole celebrity thing used to be reserved for a select few, but now with the onslaught of get famous reality TV shows, people are clambering for the celebrity lifestyle. From the outside, it looks like it’s the best life can offer, as in being rich and famous but in reality, the emptiness is still there as life is without true purpose.

  10. “True celebrities are men and women who dedicate their lives to know themselves through their innate love, wisdom and light, not through fame, recognition or glamour.” These celebrities are the ones who are lifting mankind out of the mess we are in by their constant reflection of a loving living way of life. We can each one celebrate the love we innately are and have come to know.

  11. ‘A fascinating part in all this is that if we show someone a video of a man being horribly and brutally beaten, it will in most cases receive gasps and looks of disgust. But then if you were to explain that the person had consented, it all becomes okay – yes? Where does this incoherence stop?’ I have always clocked this about boxing and always disliked the violence of it intensely…I never got how beating another man up was considered a sport. I have also clocked the same around murder. This is against the law (rightly so!), devastating for all concerned and a prison sentence for the perpetrator. Yet, murder is allowed in war and men come back as war heroes and championed for killing others. This incoherence does not make sense to me.

  12. “True celebrities are men and women who dedicate their lives to know themselves through their innate love, wisdom and light, not through fame, recognition or glamour.” Beautifully said. A true celebrity is someone who inspires us to be all that we already are.

  13. ‘If the external is glamorised and made to be everything, then I would suggest that this perpetuates the current plague of self-doubt, lack of self-worth and self-abuse we are all witnessing in large doses in society at the moment. ‘ If the external is celebrated and no consideration of what’s going on within then there leaves an emptiness for all the rot of emotions to take root within. If we celebrate people who aren’t present but are allowing emotions and dramas to rule them, then we’re not actually celebrating who they are, and then everyone thinks this is the norm and continues. I know I have been caught up in this and it feels empty as.

  14. What is it that appeals to the general public about being a celebrity? Is it purely for the recognition and a sense of importance? Surely, at the end of the day with no one but themselves, deep down they know that what they have chosen is not it.

    1. That then becomes the aim of the game: Anything but be with themselves, otherwise the emptiness is there to feel.

  15. So spot on Michael. You know all those magazines that devote themselves to celebrity goings-on? It seems in every industry in which there are celebrities, they are abusing themselves and other people…. and moreover it’s considered juicy news! I can’t stand those mags – it hurts to look at them. They tantalizingly display the ugliness we are capable of, that isn’t the true us. But it’s a good so-called ‘reality check’. When will we see magazines that celebrate the true celebrities, the loving ones you speak of? Well I guess the first of them are here now, like Women In Livingness magazine, Serge Benhayon TV, and these websites…. thank God!

    1. It doesn’t hurt me so much to look at them, but it definitely hurts me to look at how much they sell.

    1. Part of them love when they get seen as being equal, but there is still the part of them which needs the idol status and the worship that comes with celeb life.

  16. I love the fact that I have true celebrities in my life, guiding and supporting me to become my own celebrity!

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