[Paleopsych] Re: Tortured Souls & Eunuchs at Orgies...yet more
HowlBloom at aol.com
HowlBloom at aol.com
Sun Mar 6 06:30:52 UTC 2005
In a message dated 3/3/2005 8:08:49 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
joe at quirk.net writes:
"Once you win, you've got a reputation to live up to, even if you weren't so
inclined, you get surrounded by an entourage that's also heavily invested in
your reputation," said Redelmeier. "So you end up sleeping properly every
night, eating well, exercising regularly every day
This statement, as you've pointed out, Joe, is riddled with not-so-hidden
assumptions. Getting a reputation to live up to would make some folks edgy as
hell--and nearly suicidal if they couldn't live up to their previous
achievements and seemed to be slipping badly.
Some folks feel utterly isolated and unwanted even when they're surrounded
by an entourage. Some wonder if the entourage is simply there for the glory
of association with a big name or is really there for THEM, for the inner
human stripped of his or her fame and accomplishments.
And some folks feel utterly bereft when the reach a pinnacle. They feel
they have nothing new to strive for, and the goal-lessness leaves them drowning
in the acid of depression.
I've seen all these things happen to the stars I've worked with.
Which means that how you take winning an Oscar is a matter of perception.
Some folks can see new horizons beckoning from even the worst of things.
Others can see new hells in even the greatest glories.
My guess, a hypothesis to consider, is that those who see the best in what's
around them, those who see opportunities even in catastrophe, are most
likely to attract the kind of popularity among Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences members that makes an Oscar possible. Howard
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