Charlie Sheen cheerleader for the zombieconomy
As people throughout the Western world relish the public meltown of the probably ill Charlie Sheen, I agreed with author Umair Haque’s take on his downfall.
The irony of Charley’s meltdown, is that earning a cool $1.25 million every episode as well as attracting millions of twitter followers as soon as he started to Tweet, he is by almost any commonly used measure a huge success symbol — as he’ll be the first to tell you.
Why do we persevere with this stunted definition of success? It has made us unhappy, overweight, unhealthy, disfunctional, it clearly undervalues the future, nature, other people, society, and even our own selves. And we need to change it. But rebooting our ideas about success might mean turning our backs not just on self-indulgent and self-destructive habits, but doing stuff, for a change, that matters. And not for the money.
What does it say about us that so many people who provide critical social value are valued so little, while Charley’s activity is somehow worth hundreds of millions to society. I read somewhere that in the year before the GFC, the highest earning fund manager in the US earned more than the entire nation’s teaching staff combined…..is such a society capable of valuing success in any reasonably meaningful sense of the word — or is it inherently unable to invest in qualities that endure, matter, nurture and protect? Are we so immature as to destroy ourselves in the pursuit of fools gold?
Charlie Sheen highlights everything that’s tired, sick and corrupt in the American dream. His success and the popularity of his story highlight how little wisdom and maturity are to be found amongst those who get their kicks from Hollowood crash n burn.
Time to change channel folks , start by switching away from our patently bankrupt definition of “success.”.
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