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

  1. There is absolutely nothing about seeing someone getting punched in the face that makes me inspired to open up and be all of me. In fact it is quite the opposite. It makes me want to curl into a little ball and contract away in protection of being hurt. That is not evolution. That is pure evil.

  2. The, “if you’re not careful you’ll end up working in McDonald’s for the rest of your life” conversation is incredibly demoralising and SO far from being supportive, and it’s a common scare tactic for the younger generation. Not only does it carry huge baggage with it, judgement and everything which is the opposite of inspiration, but it also neglects the fact that in ANY job we can bring our all, commit in full and have an amazing impact on people’s lives.

  3. I think a lot of the time with celebrities we are celebrating an image of what we consider ‘success’ to be, whether it be based on appearances or achievements such as sporting wins, or something else… But it does make me really consider what I think of ‘success’ as being and what it really comes down to has to be about energetic quality, the way in which we live and are with everyone…

  4. This all makes sense and it is important to question and nominate. But the entertainment industry will keep going and will not change in one day, so what is there we can do with all this that has been said? This is an awesome question for me in taking deeper responsibility.

  5. Indeed true celebrities are really role models who can inspire us to live our innate wisdom and love by their own quality of living which we can see and observe.

  6. I do wonder about consent. That it’s all ok because someone gives their consent. Many people consent to differing degrees of abuse in daily life. It could be because a person wants to be loved they consent to a relationship that isn’t about love but uses and abuses both within it, because it’s better than being alone. A person may consent to activities because they want or need the financial gain from it, or the recognition and fame. Yes it is all free will but it doesn’t make the activity of it, if it is abusive, ok.

  7. Bonnie and Clyde were American criminals in the Great Depression of the 1930s. There is a museum for them that includes the car they were ambushed in that was the end of their exploits, but their fame still lives on! When we support something that is not true, are we standing still in our evolution?

  8. It’s true Michael what are we really celebrating when we idolise celebrities? Should we stop for a moment and question what have they truly contributed to society, the answer would be very little if anything at all, for most seek recognition for themselves, without caring how or what they do to bring about the celebrity status they have achieved.

  9. “Where does this incoherence stop?” If you can recall the history of inquisitions it is seen as acceptable at the time. Or the simple fact of war that we have now. We are so lost. I in my body have not a violent cell. I was brought up to be aggressive in general. Sport fuelled rage. Alcohol fuelled anger. I became very angry – the torturous abuse was directed at myself. This chipped away over time and I gave up and withdrew from life. I was now a statistic case being diagnosed with severe depression lasting for over 10 years. For the record and the large frame built man that I am – I am the most sensitive tenderly harmless man you can meet and I tell you this brings the greatest joy!

    1. How utterly gorgeous to have this so claimed Rik. It really is quite a disgrace to me that many boys feel they can get away with bullying other boys for their sensitivity, or that society, in general, doesn’t accept, nurture or celebrate this within boys and men.

      1. … and an utter disgrace that young boys and even men are not celebrated for being tender and feel like I do. I very much appreciate your divine delicate words Michelle. You have proven it does not take much to follow your heart and show the world the true depth that we are and are from.

      2. No it doesn’t take much and it only takes one person to make an enormous difference to all those around him/her. Staying true to who we are in the face of all that hardness creates ripples that we just won’t know the true consequences of, but I just know they are deeply felt and make an enomous impact. Rik to stay true to the gorgeous essence you hold will have inspired far too many to count.

  10. I witnessed a shop assistant get verbally abused by a customer yesterday and when I asked afterwards if she was ok she brushed it off as though it was completely fine. When I offered that to speak to someone in that way, irrespective of the reason, was abusive and not ok, she continued to deny there was any issue and completely normalised the behaviour. She fully accepted being lesser than the customer and accepted the abuse.

  11. I have to say, one thing that really urks me is people drooling and bowing down to celebrities. Especially when what they are celebrating of the celebrity holds not integrity. Blows me away.

  12. In answer to the question “what is worth celebrating” I would say we are, all of us when we choose love.

  13. It must be exhausting being a celebrity with all the focus on you and feeling like you can’t let down your image. Having to constantly be concerned about how you look and your image is meeting all the expectations. Yet it is a choice if you choose to be there in the falsity of that world of joy and we as a society feed it.

  14. I often get bookings as a massage therapist to massage celebrities and I get told by their agent or concierge that they can’t tell me who it is and I always laugh because even if they did tell me their name it wouldn’t mean anything to me. I treat everyone the same, even if they think they are a VIP, we are all in fact very important people, not one more than another.

  15. It’s a magical process to see more and more people come into my life that represent what I choose to celebrate, absolutely magical.

  16. ‘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!’ – Hear hear, we are all blessed by the reflection of real people doing real jobs in and with a quality that considers and includes everyone equally.

    1. Yes, it’s all about quality but because energy isn’t widely seen as being of significance, much greatness goes unacknowledged.So those who bring immense quality will be known by what they do which will be judged by the accepted norms of what is considered to be positive as an outcome. Breaking out of the constructs of this and not falling for what looks good and is seen as a good thing but actually isn’t because it’s not allowing someone to be who they are, or for condemning someone for an outcome that is actually healing but looks bad because a karmic lesson is being learned, is really necessary if we are to find our way out of repeating patterns that are causing us endless suffering.

  17. ‘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.’ Like Clarke Kent, the true super hero, the need for recognition is not needed.

  18. It is a great call reflecting on just what is it that we are celebrating. Is it fame and notoriety that we are making a big deal of, or are there actual values being lived that we value and are inspired by?

  19. Hear hear.. Michael Brown.’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.’
    For it is the reality. Those that truly serve do not bend over any success or glamourised appearance, as serving is natural.

  20. Generally speaking, the private lives of celebrities are quite unstable. Perhaps it’s because what they are celebrated for isn’t really worth celebrating and they know it. Do something that is truly worth celebrating and you can have your own party of complete fulfilment – no amount of celebrity status will add to your overflowing cup.

  21. “Celebrities – What’s really Worth Celebrating?” – only the fact that they highlight to expose the exact nature of inflated falseness and hence just how much work there is to be done to restore the quality of how we are living.

  22. Who is a celebrity is always relative. Recently I found myself queuing to have my photo taken with Serge Benhayon and then was so nervous and worried about getting a good photo that I forgot to enjoy that moment with him. He’s a celebrity in my world.

  23. You raise an important point about being bystanders in life. Bystanding does not come free of the very thing we see – e.g. if we go and see a boxing match and we say ‘ well I wouldn’t do that’ – if we bystand, and don’t speak up where we feel it is needed when deep down we all know for instance that boxing isn’t true for our bodies, then in that bystanding we are are not only colluding with what is going on, we are accepting the energy of boxing into our body and our lives. Bystanding isn’t innocent – it is laced with whatever it is we are bystanding about.

    1. This is so true. It reminds me of the example of parents who have said they didn’t want their child to play rugby because it is such a violent sport but this seems to go unheard of when the, ‘can’t be a wimp’ mentality over-rides it and there is fear of repercussion from the justifications that rugby is good because it is a sport. How is it that sport enjoys immunity from critique or question so anything labelled a sport becomes untouchable, sacred even?

  24. It doesn’t even have to be a famous celebrity but anyone who we put on a pedestal in our lives, whether it’s a manager, father or friend – what values are we promoting and contributing to by celebrating that person.

    1. Yes, agreed. Putting anyone on a pedestal is a huge self-disempowerment. Being inspired by another is far more empowering, as it pulls you up to discover and claim your own capacity of what talents, known or unknown, that you bring to life.

      1. When we do that we also are saying there is only one type of value – e.g. the value of being a certain celebrity who lives in a certain way. The people I celebrate in life are from all walks of life, all ages, no particular style etc.

  25. Yes, Michael, whether in the Colosseum or the boxing ring, mankind continues to enjoy watching physical violence, encouraging each other to behave like animals rather than re-claim the exquisiteness of our innately divine nature.

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