A typical day in a college students life goes as follows: Wake up, eat breakfast, go to class, eat dinner, watch TV, and go to sleep. A typical day in a celebrity’s life is quite different. They have luxuries that most people do not have such as: million dollar homes, chefs, private jets, drivers, and the list goes on and on. What allows these celebrities to become so wealthy and obtain all of these luxuries and be featured all over the news? What makes senators have so much influencial power? Why is it that some people are automatically put on petistools and others live their lives without one second of fame?
It is the social society of today that answers all of these questions. We, as a society, treat athletes, politicians, celebrities, and many others as if they are some sort of gods. I do not understand the concept of this or why our society does such things. Just because Tom Brady is good at throwing a football does not make him better than any one of us. Kobe Bryant is one of the best basketball players of this era, However, just because he can play ball gives him some type of seniority over the public? I think that, as a society, we envy and look up to people for all of the wrong reasons. My cousins role model is Michael Jordan. My cousin does not know Michael Jordan personally. He has no idea whether he is genuine, caring, or kind. All my cousin knows is that he can dunk from the free throw line, has his own shoe brand, and is all over TV. This is what people are basing their “role models” after.
Rousseau states that there are two types of inequality: natural and physical. Natural inequalities are things that are established by nature. Age, health, size, and qualities of ones mind and soul are all considered natural inequalities. Physical inequalities, also known as political inequalities, are established by society. Certain privelages such as being more rich, more powerful, or more honored are all physical inequalities. It is these “political inequalities”, that we established as a society, that make these celebrities have all of these privelages. I believe that we should look up to people due to the qualities of ones mind and soul, a “natural inequality”. I believe this because I think this is what is truly important in society. I think it is those people that are always willing to help others or make a difference in the world that truly push our society to the next level. I do not think that three super bowl wins betters our society. Our society should stop creating fame for people like Paris Hilton and focus more on people that really made a difference in the world such as MLK or Einstein.
Rousseau would agree with this argument, do you? Do you agree with society making people famous just because of their athletic abilities or family ties? Do you think we should focus more on the natural inequalities of people or physical inequalities of people? Do you like the way society chooses to look up to certain people?
I love MJ just as much as the next guy…but his free throw dunk didn’t make any difference in this world.