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May 19, 2004

A Case Against Fame and Fortune


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Why it might be more annoying than fun to be rich and famous:

You can't go anywhere without being recognized

You have very little external reality testing and the sycophants surrounding you often mirror your every nuttiness. You are constantly in danger of developing pathological narcissism.

You have inadvertant influence, so that every decision you make has possible consequences within a wide circle. This is probably true anyway, if we believe the quantum physicists, but it's really in your face if you're famous.

People invade your privacy (look at Belle's du Jour's experience, or Monica Lewinsky's for that matter).

You have to know what you're doing and use your influence ethically, like George Soros, Oprah, or Michael Moore. That's not a bad thing, but I'm sure it's not easy.

You are subject to the transferences of others, both good and bad That creates alot of turbulence around you, and makes it harder to find yourself.

I am in the third ring of the sociogram , to the inside story of a man who just won a whopper state lottery. Even though, as a practicing Buddist, he gave almost his entire winnings to create a charitable foundation that benefits children, he's had an awful time. He had to move out of his house, he's had death threats, his best friend, asked him for half the money. It's a big problem. Esther Hicks, channeling Abraham advises manifesting in small increments so that you are prepared to integrate the changes that occur. She always says, "You don't want to water your garden with a fire hose".

I am so glad to be anonymous, to have the resources that enable me to explore the world and own a camera and a spiffy new laptop, and to have a lovely sprinkle of visitors every day here in my garden.

Photo note: This is Ganesha , one of the gods of this blog. Follow the Ganesha clickies back if you want to know more. The picture is taken in the window of the sacred objects store which used to be near my Ladies Group.

Posted by Dakota at May 19, 2004 05:59 AM