Fame Is for 15 Minutes, Obscurity is Everything Else

What is fame? Why is it so sought after? Likely fame and riches seem to go hand and hand. I can understand if one’s wealth depended on fame.

Is it that important to walk down a street or dine in a restaurant and have instant recognition by nearly everyone? It seems boring and intrusive of one’s desire to move about and be normal.

There does seem to be a thirst for fame permeating western modern culture. Many think they can be the next viral YouTube sensation; sing a song, act stupid, or have a controversial voice on controversial subjects and become noticed. Next thing you know, you’re a reality show star.

Frankly, I’m not even sure why people submit the interviews by the news media. The one interviewed has no makeup, hair looks like a shock of corn, and dressed in flannels. Like shopping at Walmart.

Years ago a friend who was not exceptionally wealthy but well connected gave me a list of people he knew. “That’s impressive,” I said. He continued, “What’s really impressive are the people so rich they can remain unknown. Those are the powerful ones. They use their wealth to keep themselves out of the public eye. That’s real power.”

Artist Andy Warhol, who was better know, for being noticed than being a great artist said, “In the future, everybody will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” I really don’t think he knew what he meant. Famous people think they can say anything and it is cryptic or profound. And it’s not really so. Some people miss the train to fame. They either set their clocks wrong or move to another time zone.

However, I’ll buy into Warhol’s quote, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes” but unknown the rest of the time. While many are dealing fleeting fame, most will be living in blissful obscurity.

Thus an anti fame shirt.



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