[Paleopsych] Re: Tortured Souls & Eunuchs at Orgies...yet more

G. Reinhart-Waller waluk at earthlink.net
Sun Mar 6 23:34:05 UTC 2005

Gerry Reinhart-Waller
Independent Scholar
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From: HowlBloom at aol.com 
To: joe at quirk.net ; emdls at pacbell.net 
Cc: paleopsych at paleopsych.org 
Sent: Saturday, March 05, 2005 10:30 PM
Subject: [Paleopsych] Re: Tortured Souls & Eunuchs at Orgies...yet more

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

Howard Bloom
Author of The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History and Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind From The Big Bang to the 21st Century
Visiting Scholar-Graduate Psychology Department, New York University; Core Faculty Member, The Graduate Institute
Founder: International Paleopsychology Project; founding board member: Epic of Evolution Society; founding board member, The Darwin Project; founder: The Big Bang Tango Media Lab; member: New York Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Society, Academy of Political Science, Human Behavior and Evolution Society, International Society for Human Ethology; advisory board member: Youthactivism.org; executive editor -- New Paradigm book series.
For information on The International Paleopsychology Project, see: www.paleopsych.org
for two chapters from 
The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History, see www.howardbloom.net/lucifer
For information on Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century, see www.howardbloom.net


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