Why are we Obsessed with Celebrities?

KardashiansThe team of people who work at Awakening Coaching get together regularly on Google Hangout to catch up on things. “How was your weekend?” “What are the upcoming courses we are offering?” “How is the new book?” But we also like to talk about the state of the world.

We were chatting together about what is going on these days, what is in the news. What are people talking about?  Shannon, our young VA, was laughing at me when I asked for a little clarification about the Kardashians. I don’t have a TV, and she was shocked that I could be so ill-informed.

“Please,” I said, “Explain it to me. Who are they and what do they do?”

“Well,” said Shannon, “Their father was a defense attorney who represented O.J. Simpson.”

“Great!” I said, “But on it’s own that’s not exactly a claim to fame, what do they do?”

“Well, their mother married an Olympic athlete.”

“Ok… But what is it that makes them famous?  What do they actually do?”

“I don’t know,” stumbled Shannon. “They’re just famous for being famous! They have a reality TV show.”

It has taken me a little while to get used to this idea. When I grew up (a long, long, long, time ago, my children, long before the Internet or cell phones or people used words like WTF and OMG), people were famous for doing something special. The Beatles were famous for making music. Steve McQueen, Julie Christie and Dustin Hoffman were famous for being actors. Agatha Christie wrote crime novels. But nobody was famous just for being famous.

Particularly in America we are a society obsessed with celebrity. People Magazine, and 5 gazillion other forums like it, fill us in on the latest news of who is wearing what, who is having marital troubles, who is eating which kind of frozen yogurt. We want the scoop on the finest details of the lives of celebrities, and we want it now.

chrislaneIn an incomprehensible and tragic event a few days ago, Australian college baseball player Chris Lane was shot in the back by three teenagers, in Oklahoma. I’m sure you read the story. When interviewed by the police, the teenagers confessed immediately to the crime, and they offered up an interesting motivation.

They were bored.

It might be worth taking a moment now, you and me, in the midst of our busy lives to think about this. They were bored. This boredom was obviously so extreme, and had infiltrated every area of their life to such an overwhelming degree, that the only thing left to create some excitement was to kill another human being.

37032998But let’s face it, it is not only teenagers in Oklahoma who are suffering from boredom, it is a national epidemic. It is boredom that drives us to tweet and re-tweet, it is boredom that has us checking the Facebook news feed many times a day, and it is boredom that makes the lives of people who are famous, for no reason at all, interesting to us, just to stay stimulated with something. Anything.

There is a cure to boredom. I have tried it and it works. I am not a particularly spectacular individual, I do not think anyone is going to make a reality TV show about me anytime soon. I will probably never be regarded as a celebrity. I have not launched a clothing line. The details of my daily life are not of interest to millions of people. But there is one thing I feel really great about being me, which is that I have not felt bored for a really, really long time. I would guess for at least 25 years. In fact, I honestly can’t remember what the word is supposed to refer to.

The cure to boredom is very simple, and I’ll give you a hint right now. It is not so much to do with filling your life with more and more distracting things, it has got a lot more to do with learning how to pay attention to the extraordinary mysterious firework display of life that is already happening in this very moment, right under your eyes.

As you probably know, I teach a training called Awakening Coaching. We train coaches to be facilitators of shifts in consciousness. You could explain this in many ways: bringing practical mysticism into day to day life, dissolving the feeling of separation, realizing the infinite consciousness experiencing all name and form.  Blah, blah, blah. But I think the simplest way to explain what we mean by awakening is this: we have a radical, kick-ass, works-every-time cure for boredom. Guaranteed.

Please join me on Saturday, August 24 at 10 AM and I’ll teach you everything you need to know on how to eliminate boredom from your life and bring the snap, crackle and pop back into your immediate experience. If you can’t make the live call, register anyway and you’ll get access to the replay.

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11 Responses to “Why are we Obsessed with Celebrities?”

  1. John August 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm // Reply

    Great article. I also never get bored, and dont know what the word means.

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  2. Michael August 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm // Reply

    Interesting AND I always thought the fascination with Celebs was to do with the lack of value to self.
    Maybe this has a similar root to boredom – my logic is that when someone “out there” is more important/interesting/time consuming etc than my life its because I don’t matter (and they do).
    I feel this is really a big issue in this culture: it doesn’t matter if I abuse the planet (because I don’t really matter)… or it doesn’t matter if I do my job well (because…) etc
    Thanks for the inspiring thoughts!

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    • arjunaardagh August 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm // Reply

      thank you Michael.

      If you feel inspired to share the article on Facebook, I will not stand in your way!

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  3. Don August 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm // Reply

    You really nailed it, Arjuna! Boredom is a great motivator if one wants to avoid anything real. Actually feeling bored, I mean really feeling it, is the key to realized living!

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    • arjunaardagh August 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm // Reply

      Hey Don, thank you so much.
      If you feel inspired to post fliers door to door in your area, or hire a hot air blimp, or just share it on Facebook, ’tis appreciated!
      seeya soon
      aa

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  4. Jill Fox August 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm // Reply

    I think you are a spectacular individual. Actually, we all are, and some of us don’t know it yet.

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    • arjunaardagh August 22, 2013 at 9:47 pm // Reply

      Shucks, Jill. Back at ya.
      Let’s start a reality TV show together.
      You got any good scandals to get it going?
      I have several, trust me…

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  5. Aaron August 23, 2013 at 12:16 am // Reply

    Hah! I love how wonderfully unpretentious this post is. I know lots of people who treat their phones like a child’s blanket, to keep the boogey-man of boredom at bay. I find that boredom disappears the moment you let go of the attitude that you can only be happy whilst occupied. I’m so glad I’ve become boredom proof.

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    • arjunaardagh August 23, 2013 at 12:29 am // Reply

      Thanks Aaron.
      Unpretentious, moi?
      If you’d like to hit the share button on the post, that would be sweet
      all da bess
      aa

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  6. Zorba Azarmard August 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm // Reply

    When I was a pre-school kid our neighbor an old man have a gun that he show me in proud as one of his many collections that included silver coins as well. I remember that when he show me that western style revolver my experience was like “WOW”. That was my first encounter with a gun. One afternoon not too far from that day of the knowledge of the existence of something mysteriously beautiful { the revolver was all shinning probably silver plated} I notice the man leaving his house and soon after he was gone I was there in his house with my brother who was a year younger than me looking for beautiful shinning. I found it all with bullets and did not took me long to find out how to put them in, thanks to the old mans good intention in giving me knowledge. I tried to pull the trigger but maybe because I was a kid and DID NOT HAVE THE STRENGH TO DO SO. The man came back in time to find me red handed and broke the news to my father of my mischievous behavior who took care of making sure I was never in my life break in someone house. Later as an adult I was confronted by guns pointing at me on twice occasions, but something calm and peaceful in my nature allow me to come out well enough to now in my 59 years of age tell you about this story. Guns are not the enemy and I imagine a future were there will be not need for them. Right now boredom and alien-nation ( a nation that can not be one with his neighbor} seems to be a more dangerous culprit. Who are you really?. One thing am truly know and that is if I have to kill some one out of boredom that will be my ego, and actually am doing so in been part of this wonderful experience of Awakening Coaching Training, thanks Arjuna, and if any of you are fascinating with weapons as I was as a kid, Arjuna show me a more powerful one is called Inquiring Into Who You Really Are,Love.

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  7. Aleksandra Suriel September 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm // Reply

    I was catching up on your posts. and i also dont have a tv, have no idea (and dont care) who Kardashians are, dont care about celebrities (as you know), but i had no idea that someone who would experience boredom would actually kill another human being.
    Arjuna this is so astounding to me, that i actually don’t believe it. I can not comprehend it in any capacity. If you say this is what took place i trust it is what took place and you researched it well.
    Although somehow as of late I am seeing that a lot of humanity is losing grips with what common sense is… perhaps from too much media, pressure and being out of touch with inner most reality, or resisting it perhaps.

    WOW, what do the parents of these bored kids have to say? and where oh where is common sense? Have they not instilled some basic principles into these children? apparently not!

    The world sometimes I feel is becoming more like Sodom & Gomorrah

    I cant say that I have experienced boredom in the last 10 years, life – she just always keeps me busy.

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