The desire for everlasting fame in the shape of a star embedded in concrete is what keeps people coming to Hollywood to become a star and be “somebody,” and the engine of the American entertainment runs on narcissism. We elevate our movie stars so high above the rest of us, it gets to the point where some of us believe their political opinions should be taken seriously, just because they’re really good at smiling and memorizing lines to be read later.
Narcissism is not without it’s drawbacks: If you’re being told you’re the center of the universe, you tend to believe that you’re an expert on everything the universe contains, such as climatology, vaccinology, and geology, as if playing a scientist on the silver screen suddenly made you a scientist, or something.
So if you’re the center of the universe (and everyone is telling you are) and if you’re smart enough to have opinions that should be taken seriously (because everyone is telling you they should be), it only stands to reason that the whole world is more or less under your control. Your foibles, like an overactive mouth and a lack of self-control, are the world’s foibles.
You should be in charge, and solve the world’s problems, which, surprisingly, look a lot like your problems.
Have an overactive imagination and a passion for violence? Why, the entire world, including the President, shares that problem, so he has to go! Have a autocratic streak that demands to be in charge? The only solution is then, of course, to urge a coup against the democratically elected leader of your country of birth! You’re smart, and you can run the world, everyone around you is telling you that, even though, of course, you actually have problems doing something as simple as handing out the right envelope to someone at the right time.
Yep, that screams “Competency!” to me, all right.
Meanwhile, the rest of us, who are learning to live within our limitations and do not suffer fools gladly, can only sit back and chuckle as Hollywood struggles to figure out why they have lost touch with the common man.Published in