Tragic Value Systems

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An entertainment news show started off tonight intro’ing these headlines:

  • Actress gets out of the psych ward.
  • Reality star commits suicide.
  • Another actress dies while in rehab for drug abuse.
  • Fitness star with an eating disorder.

All of these people are attractive, famous, and would seem to have pretty much everything the world values. I don’t know these people and I don’t presume to know what they are thinking or what they value but I can’t help but think that all of this fits the narrative of a society that’s promises of fulfillment turn up empty again and again. It is a world gone crazy. Crazy with greed. Crazy over image. Crazy to be filled but just feeling emptier and emptier until there is nothing left to live for. It is all very tragic. These are real people who have been turned into objects by the very people they depend on…it is a brutal relationship. Keep up the image and we will value you…we will value you as an object but better to be valued as an object than miss out on everything the world says will fulfill you.

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10

The above list shows exactly how much havoc the “thief” is able to dole…Thank God that Jesus’ invitation is open to all and that life to the full is attainable, just not through the ways the world understands.

2 Responses

  1. I never thought about it before, but celebrities really are only valued as objects. They’re no longer viewed as people with their own personal agency. They’re icons & brands. Not only that, but they’re only valued so long as they keep up to our standards. How many stories & articles do we hear everyday about so-&-so gaining weight or such-&-such going out while looking slouchy (ironically wearing the same things we wear)? It drives them to looking for something to fill that void, but in all the wrong places.

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