11/29/2010 09:17 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Fame: How Low Can You Go?

Who's tired of the relentless drive towards self-exposure by celebrities and celebrity wannabes?

It is unfortunate that many in the public eye use fame (or their 15 minutes of fame) to expose their lives to the masses and burden us with their private issues. Who really cares? I mean, does it add or enhance my life or yours in any way? There are women being tortured all over the world, children dying of starvation, poverty running rampant, and the economy is in shambles. Some claim it's entertainment, but I beg to differ; this isn't entertainment, it's mindless drivel.

What's so entertaining about an adult woman who keeps checking into rehab, or the misguided actions of a man-boy who's now a joke in the court of public opinion?

Most celebrities are not good role models and should not be regarded as such. They live in a bubble of excess, indulgence and access. It is astounding to me how these people navigate through life without an inner compass. How do you then make a decision? If your inner compass was misaligned, then it would be impossible to move in the right direction -- right? But for these people, their inner compass seems to be malfunctioning only in the area of sex and relationships. How convenient? Has this become a new strategy to boost or jumpstart a career? It seems, of late, that the more you open your mouth about private matters (the more outrageous the better), the faster your rise to fame becomes, the more books you sell, the more CDs fly off the shelves, and the more attention comes your way. What kind of message does this send to the rest of society? "How low can you go to be famous?" is what I'm hearing.

If you sit back and observe, many celebrities are taking private issues public in order to revive a career, peddle their goods, garner exposure, be in the limelight long enough for the offers to begin rolling in. Now mind you, there's nothing wrong with earning a living, but what is disturbing is the method by which they are achieving these objectives. Most celebrities and the reason for their fame is simply the ability to tap into the collective unconscious -- it creates a resonance of ''they are just like me.'' Actually, they are not like you. They may claim their lives are normal, or they want to live a normal life, but sorry, your normal person doesn't live in a 10,000-square-foot mansion.

Fame is a responsibility that the very few carry with grace -- it reveals character or lack thereof. Anyone who watched the Rihanna interview last year knows that this beautiful young woman realized in the midst of her private horror that her fame wielded a lot of influence on impressionable young girls. What is admirable is that she stepped up to the plate and declared by word and deed that to have stayed in an abusive relationship was detrimental and would parlay the wrong message. Was it her intention to become a role model? I would assume not, but whenever life blesses you abundantly, you'd better believe that responsibility of thought, word and deed is part of the bargain. Abundance is not given for meaningless pursuits but as a platform to change the landscape of human consciousness.

I hope more public figures use their platforms to enlighten and educate rather than shock and titillate the base side of humanity for a quick buck.

What do you think? Has the pursuit of fame gone too far? What does fame even mean now? It seems to compel those in pursuit of it to resort to some extreme measures to secure it. If push came to shove, would you do the same?

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