From the military to corporate business, from the science lab to ski slopes, from the nerds to the cool dudes, these adored, admired, respected, gifted, groovy, and talented personalities, continue to overawe, dazzle, delight and inspire millions with their special kind of heroism. Heroism is apprehended differently by different individuals. For some, when Salman Khan takes off his shirt and fights off the rouges with his robustness and stoutness, may fall under the label of heroism. And maybe for some, when a bus falls into a river and hundreds of people watch, the hero may be the person who jumps in, to save lives. Obviously, media contributes to the making of heroes, there’s no doubt about that. We can also say that the society, in general, qualifies someone to be a hero or rather decides whether someone’s actions are suitable for the tag.
We are living in a time of mass communication and instant information gratification, AGREED. But, instead of attempting to create parasocial relationships with the rich and famous, maybe these tools can be utilized for establishing a real connection with our peers. We try to imitate our favorites, an autograph or a click with them is like getting a stamp of approval which can be bragged about, we wear similar dresses in an attempt to capture the glamour we venerate. But we can also read the great writers or review the great painters and musicians to learn their tricks of the trade in an effort to emulate, and is some cases surpassing what came before us. Right?
We, as humans love to live vicariously, through those who are more beautiful, richer and sexier. And these celebrities, tend to be such exemplified role models by showcasing how perfect and beautiful life can be, makes us romanticize about the delightfulness of such a scenario. Often, we place them on such a high pedestal, that if they fall, they hit the ground very hard, which of course, is more fodder for the gossip junkies. We act as if they have let us down personally, as if they owe us something. But in reality, they are just humans, who are packaged exquisitely and gorgeously, but deep down they are the same. They have some ups and downs, fears and joys, successes and challenges as the rest of us. So when they stumble upon, let’s have the good grace to look away.
Yes, everybody loves entertainment. But now at the cost of making our entire universe revolve around that one celeb that we consider our Hero.
Written by Chhavi Minhas
“A free spirit, dreamer and admirer of this puzzle called life”