Monday, 27 June 2011

actors/entertainers are predominantly from well-off families

I was translating mini documentaries on movie actors, called Star Profiles. I did Denzel Washington, Stanley Tucci, Edward Norton, Mark Wahlberg, Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchet.

What struck me as strange was that most actors origins were not even discussed, except the date and place of birth, except with Mark Wahlberg. They went on extensively about how his youth was troubled, because he came from a poor part of Boston. He got his big break, when his brother, a member of New Kids on the Block, a hugely successful music band, helped him become Marky Mark.

They don't mention those actors pasts, because there's nothing dramatic to mention in terms of having had hard lives. I did some digging around Wikipedia, and it turns out that most of them came from privileged families with parents who were lawyers, ministers and the likes of government people, who do not struggle for money. Their children were free to explore themselves, and chose the most appealing profession, because they could.

The illusion that anyone can make it in Hollywood is therefore a bit flawed - it's actually a highly private circle of people who protect each other's interest in keeping this world interested in them, so that they can go on with the lifestyle they have, while billions in this world are suffering due to the unimaginable conditions of poverty.

See for yourself, concentrate on the section of the bio that says "Early life":

Of course there are exceptions, like Mark Wahlberg, who stand out and give people hope that they too can become actors some day and enjoy the privileges and attention of the rich and powerful lifestyle, but what does that say about us? We want to be secure and loved in a world that is full of suffering, and we do not take anyone else but our close ones into consideration. We know this about ourselves, that's why everyone thinks that humanity will destroy itself instead of realising and saving itself - they simply do not know how it could be possible, because we're too selfish to even consider that there is a possible solution.

Here is the possible solution,, but to actually consider it, one must rid oneself of highly selfish thought patterns, which can be done here and here

We must abandon hope of fame and fortune individually for everyone to have them globally, because equality is the greatest fortune to be had - it guarantees peace, because if everyone has everything, then no one desires another's fortune.

It's time to stop idolizing false gods and start living as equals.

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