Have you ever thought about the hidden message behind the inclination for people to give more importance and value to what someone else does than what they do? The habit of idolizing the accomplishments of others, but deeming their own ordinary or filled with imperfections?
It’s fascinating what a title means in the eyes of the world and how even when titles mean nothing to someone, there isn’t the habit of thinking of one’s own doings (accomplishments, works, thoughts, person) as awesome or amazing. Even when someone else compliments you about something, in your head you wonder if it’s true, could this be. You might even feel guilty in thinking you’ve done something great because you know, being humble is what it’s all about…never express how great you are ‘cause you know, that’s just not right’. That thought process right there is most certainly one of the reasons why we, as humans, are more inclined to praise others and their work versus our own.
Other things that play a role are stardom and honorary titles. People are presented to us by others as grandiose, but even if they’re not, somehow in our eyes they rise to this level of awe and feeling of wonder at how much they do. Sometimes these accomplishments aren’t even as big as they seem; there’s just some really good marketing involved with the right rhetoric and psychological components. Whether it’s through a newspaper, online, at a concert, in a movie or even a friend’s friend who know the CEO of that company or this company; everyone’s just so ‘Wow’. You, you’re ‘em’, ordinary you, ordinary us.
It’s great to cheer each other on and support human accomplishments; it’s not great to underestimate your own of accomplishments. The hidden message behind this inclination of idolization is just that, the habit of looking to your own ‘stuff’ and you, as not as great as that person who is on the screen or has that expert title or honorary status. There are many who criticize this statement; who say, if you haven’t done something that has been recognized by XYZ institution, association or organization then you’re a nobody and should not be talking about your accomplishments as if they’re all that. The problems I have with this statement is that sometimes someone may have received an award or title or fame, but their actual work…not that great, they just have the title.
At the end of the day, it isn’t removing such tendencies of society to group itself in these organized categories of status that is being explored. The exploration is to bring about awareness in you on whether or not you may be underestimating what you do each day and who you are. Looking up to others and their accomplishments is fine, but don’t forget to give yourself the credit you deserve.
What’s one of the hidden messages you have found from the tendency of people to idolize others and their accomplishments?