My Relationship With Kim Kardashian: The Untold Story
During his reign as heavyweight champion of the world, Muhammad Ali would often say that he was "the greatest". This never bothered me at all, simply because it was the truth.
We are commonly taught to be modest in public, yet we can see through the facade of false modesty that a great majority of Americans are self-absorbed, and self-aggrandizing. But let us not confuse a man's character with his physical attributes, or even his opinion of himself. Let us also understand that there is a fine line between narcissism, and self esteem. And it is important for us to recognize the difference.
False modesty serves no good purpose, and if we are born beautiful, smart, or with a greater capacity for good than the average man or woman, we may as well proclaim it to the world, because these are attributes we cannot hide. If I say, "I am the Greatest", it is not necessarily any different than saying I am tall, I am short, or that I have brown eyes. From my point of view, or from every point of view, I may simply be stating a fact. But many with lesser endowments feel that they have been shortchanged, and that life has given them a raw deal. It is not uncommon for men or women of average intelligence to feel contempt for those who are smarter, more gifted, and who may display unusual talents. It is also not uncommon for a woman considered to be homely, or ugly , to despise another woman who is considered to be beautiful, which brings me to Kim Kardashian.
She is often criticized for being a celebrity with no talent. But I would be embarrassed to make such a claim, and here is why:
I have never walked down a street with Kim Kardashian. I have never sat across the table and enjoyed a dinner with Kim Kardashian. Nor have I ever held her hand as she grieves for a loved one. What do I really know about Kim Kardashian? I only know what I might read in a gossip magazine , or hear on TV: a soundbyte sandwiched between government propaganda on Fox News, and reruns of "Married With Children". It is not unreasonable to assume that many celebrities have hidden talents, thoughts, and aspirations that they do not care to share with the public. As far as I know, she could be working on a cure for Alzheimer's!
But more importantly, what if she is just another pretty face; a celebrity with no real talent? Should we belittle someone simply because they are rich ? Is it fair to hold her in contempt, simply because physical beauty may be her only asset? First of all, she did not make herself beautiful. Her beauty, just as the ugliness of others, was an act of God. Her beauty, in other words, is a work of Art. And here I must digress:
There are many who refer to God as Yahweh, but his real name is Art, which is short for Arthur. Nat King Cole reveals this to us in the beautiful song "Mona Lisa".
Mona Lisa ( last verse)
"...Do you smile to tempt a lover, Mona Lisa?
Or is this your way to hide a broken heart?
Many dreams have been brought to your doorstep
They just lie there and they die there
Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa?
Or just a cold and lonely lovely work of Art?"
Secondly, Kim Kardashian did not make herself famous. Of course she has marketers, publicist's, and promoters, who have nurtured and helped to guide her career as a celebrity, but this alone cannot make someone famous. Ultimately, it is the amount of public consumption that determines such a status. It is the public that has made Kim Kardashian famous. It is public interest that has fueled the star making machinery that stands behind her now. How many among us, if given a similar opportunity, would not have also become Kim Kardashian?
Jealousy is a terrible thing, but it is one affliction that I have not had to suffer. If we are going to throw stones at anyone for being talentless, or superficial, let us throw stones at the American public. They are the ones with the superficial tastes. They are the ones who have made celebrities out of Nancy Grace, Duck Dynasty, Rush Limbaugh, and Kim Kardashian! There is nothing wrong with accepting a celebrity status, or a privilege that has been freely given to you.
But even those with undeniable talent are sooner or later crucified by the same public that originally made them famous. I witnessed this for the first time in the years just before Elvis Presley died. During his youth he was fashioned by the public into a God-like icon. But when he became old and fat, and not so very sexy, the public turned on Elvis like a pack of rabid jackals! Elvis jokes became standard fare with stand-up comedians; making the rounds on all of the late night talk shows, at the local barbershop, and all of the popular watering holes. But not surprisingly, after his death he was deified once again.
Kim Kardashian's celebrity, more than any words that could ever be written, serves to illustrate the true heart of America. It is no wonder that the bankers have been so successful at keeping the American public on the reservation since 1913. To summarize, it is foolish to judge a man or a woman based on physical beauty, personal wealth, or social status. We are not all rich and beautiful, and we are not all smart. Certainly, we are not all kind and generous. But there is one thing that we all share in common. We are all special; each and every one of us. Our uniqueness is an important aspect of our commonality; a commonality that betrays my relationship with Kim Kardashian.
© 2014 Ronnie wrenchBiscuit