Kim Kardashian Takes Morality

2012-12-04 07:08

The value of morality and critical thinking to change perceptions and affect human lives has been watered down by the rise of a disturbing currency, that of the pseudo-celebrity.

Often, one is left puzzled by the demands from society for reality stars cum celebrities to point out the human rights violations, the international law consequences and the general moral ramifications of the acts of governments where they happen to be promoting a milkshake or other, obviously a clear symbol of their expertise in human welfare.

Why are  people like Kim Kardashian expected to acknowledge or even elevate issues of democracy to the general populace? Why are we not looking at other more relevant opinions like those coming from a conflicted region and those of people accustomed to the individual dynamics of the said society?

Some have said this is due to the fact that millions follow celebrities’ every well thought out life decisions with the goal to emulate them. Further, some will charge celebrities’ heightened importance as voices of reason due to the growing importance of celebrity itself rather than the acts and decisions of the celebrated.

The core of the issue is that society is looking in the wrong places for the answers for the most important questions like how those who govern should respond to the governed. There should be no qualms about how each person chooses to live their life or make their living. Rather, what is of concern is how the celebrity is perceived by society and how they are ‘marked’ by us as the rightful indicators of moral dysfunction.

It makes no sense how an expert in the smoky eye would be charged by society to make grand standing decisions about any society.

Society has been duped by the currency of the reputation marked by the oh-so-important follower count on Twitter exchanged by the more valuable currency of the expert, the teacher, the philosopher and the everyday person in the throes of political change. The power of these players in society must be restored and those of the eye shadow queen and her ilk be relinquished.

Society must know where to look for barometers of morality. Hero, heroine and role model status must be bestowed on those who have acted according to the enduring principles humanity has carved out over centuries. Those like Kardashian must not be expected to diagnose social ills unless of course the future of the smoky eye is inextricably linked to calls for political change in Bahrain.

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