Note: If you are new to this feature of the Support4Change Blog, here are some suggestions for exploring questions for yourself and also for your family and friends.
I try to keep in my mind the simple question: Am I trying to do good or make myself look good? Too many of our responsibilities get added to our plate when we are trying to please people, impress people, prove ourselves, acquire power, increase our prestige. All those motivations are about looking good more than doing good. — Kevin DeYoung
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War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. — John F. Kennedy
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Fame is part of me and my life as an actor. I enjoy the creative aspects of my life as an actor. I enjoy directing and acting as well. But the bottom line for me is not prestige and power. It’s about having an exciting, creative life. — Matt Dillon
The questions in this post are designed to help you explore whether you strive for power and prestige — and what it would mean to you if you achieved the highest position one could have in business, entertainment, politics, fashion, and so forth.
The fact is that someone will always be on top. We need him or her to be the director of a local bank, the superintendent of a school district, the president of a chamber of commerce, an author who sells the most books, the winner of a marathon, the chair of a committee at church, and so forth. These may not be world-famous positions, but anarchy would reign if no one were willing to lead.
Of course, if someone were to ask whether you wanted or strived for fame and fortune (companions of power and prestige) in a position that would place you in the public eye with your name in the paper, you might deny it.
Yet it’s interesting that we enjoy telling others that we know so-and-so who is famous or that we are a cousin of the winner of a famous race. If we were honest with ourselves, we would probably admit that we like to bask in the glory of their position at the top — without needing the fortitude and skills to accomplish those goals.
Explore Your Views on Power, Prestige, Fame and Fortune
by Asking Yourself These Questions:
- To what extent do I use my creativity, energy and talents to achieve a position that has prestige, power and authority?
- To what extent do I believe my self-concept is enhanced if I can be seen to be in a position of dominance? Why?
- What do I think one has to do to achieve positions that rank one person higher than another?
What have you learned about yourself in exploring these questions?
What have you learned about your friends if they have explored these questions with you?