Actor Tom Cruise appeared on Oprah yesterday. It was insane. The audience was out of control. The crowd acted as if they were at the Beatles concert in Shay Stadium.
What is this fascination with celebrity?
And why do certain celebrities get this type of extreme reaction?
Nobel Prize winners are not treated to this type of adoration, nor are world leaders, with the exception of a few, like the Pope, Princess Diana, and Evita Perone.
I think it comes down to Carl Jung’s hierarchy of human needs.
Love and acceptance.
Celebrities who offer themselves as lovers are adored because all human beings desire love.
The logic, if you can call it that, is simply that if the celebrity notices you, and gives you their attention, then you, by osmosis, receive the approval of the public.
The sad truth behind all this, is that in spite of humanities desire to achieve great things, when it comes right down to it, people are driven by primitive instincts.
The desire for love is tied to the survival of the species, and therefore, human symbols of love are adored above all others.
I wonder what the world would be like if we adored the thinkers of the world more than the lovers.