This world confuses me. For years, I’ve seen my interest in celebrity news decline. Not to say that they are all the same but one thing they certainly have in common is wealth. While the rest of the world is caught up in political debates with their neighbors, celebrities manage to stay clear of our daily struggles. I used to think it was more to life than money, considering how simple the country songs I’d listened to as a child made life out to be. I used to think all I needed was a good time and a great tune to complement the evening and the rest world take care of itself. Now, not so much. You have to have money to be fully respected. I’ve learned the “American Pie” Don McLean sung about in the 70's is still prevalent today. It’s not a black and white world. A grey area does exist but it’s up to us to embrace it, kind of how we do celebrities.
Imagine if everyone you knew were celebrities for one day. How much would your tone change in an argument with your brother if he was Keith Urban? How welcoming would you be if your uncle was Dwayne Johnson? How helpful would you be to your neighbor if she was Ellen DeGeneres or Diana Ross? What if Kevin Hart was your mailman and Shaquille O’Neal was a police officer in your town? How much more respect would you show these “icons,” whom you’ve known for one day, than you do your neighbor, friend or spouse, who you’ve known longer? After all, they are just people.
Why can’t we be just as excited, open and welcoming to our neighbors? If we treated everyone we knew like a celebrity, life would be more enriching. We would not have these petty debates about income, race, and sexual orientations. If everyone supported local businesses and artists like they do celebrities, local businesses and artists would be at stardom level. They are only as successful as their competitors when we invest in them. Meaning, we can’t make our local economy strong without purchasing and spreading good words about them. Image if everyone purchased local artist’ EPs on iTunes and followed them on social media. It wouldn’t take as long for them to book solid gigs and land a spot on a retail store’s shelf.
If people listened to the outcries of those oppressed in different races the way that they anticipate hearing a celebrity’s opinion about racial disparities and ethical issues, we’d have less confrontation and more unity. Unity starts at home, in neighborhoods, not social media or virtual means. Media should be used to spread a message to the masses. However, the message should never be hate. If we learn to change our mindsets first, our actions will follow. You’d be surprised the impact you can have with simply supporting.
I hope this post feeds souls as we begin this new week. Keep your mind and heart open to all at all times.
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