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WHEN FAME ACTUALLY COINCIDES WITH ACCOMPLISHMENT
I've been thinking lately about these two words...fame and
accomplishment. One would think that the two go together naturally,
but I think that they hardly ever meet actually.
I guess that it depends a lot on one's definition of the words.
Fame...well fame is being famous. People know who you are, know your
name, maybe know your face. Accomplishment is a little trickier in my
book anyway. To accomplish something is not merely to get something
done...not to me. It is to do something that hasn't been done before,
that influences people, that changes the world in some way.
Famous people are usually the likes of actors and athletes and my
favorite...the celebrity who rarely does anything at all but is still
famous for something...I'm not sure what. Like Rula Lenska.
Accomplished people are more the likes of doctors and scientists and
researchers and sometimes even politicians. They are hardly ever
famous and are never recognized in airports or get asked to sign an
autograph. And yet they actually do change the world... somewhat anyway.
I think it's a shame that fame is the dictating factor of who we
know. It is also the dictating factor of salaries. I myself would
like to know more researchers and scientists. It would be fascinating
to talk with them and learn about things I didn't even know existed.
To learn about the possibilities that can change the world we live
in. Maybe it's because I am getting older, but I'm just not that
interested in a sitcom actress who does nothing more than learn her
lines long enough to shoot the scene and then wax on poetic about
what she did or didn't have for lunch.
This is not to say that the two...fame and accomplishment never meet.
They do. They do indeed.
Why I can think of five people right off the bat.
But what the hell do I know anyway.
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