Top Picks, Superficiality, Greed, Priorities

More often than not in our culture, being “somebody” means being rich and famous. Or, at the very least, being very athletic or very entertaining or very talented or very good looking. By those standards I suppose most of us would be regarded as nobodies. Or, as the author of this little lament puts it…

This one has money,
Another has wit.
That one is handsome,
still another is fit.

This one can sing well,
is seldom off key.
But how am I special?
What happened to me?

Unfortunately, we all fall into the trap of measuring other people’s worth by means of externals — focusing on superficial values. Perhaps strikingly apropos of this fact is an enormously popular web site that is devoted exclusively to, believe it or not, the “net worth” of celebrities. The site’s editors boast that every day they “are cited or quoted in some major newspaper, magazine or television show around the world.” Among…

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