Naked Celebrity Realism

Mehru Jaffer

After Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), I wondered how much worse the life of the 62-year-old would be today if he had refused to allegedly chase a 32-year-old chambermaid in the nude in a $3,000 per night Manhattan hotel suite?

The misplaced desire to thrill the self for a few seconds has cost the former French finance minister nothing less than the French presidency, and thereby deprived the world of his brilliant ideas on how to contain the current monetary problems in Europe!

A 2009 poll had revealed that Strauss-Kahn was more popular than Nicolas Sarkozy, the incumbent president. It is not just the French; many in the international community were looking forward to cheering the 'socialist' Strauss-Kahn as the next president of France.

Obviously, none of these feathers in the Strauss-Kahn cap were good enough to make the man feel at home in the world. Obviously, what we see as success had left Strauss-Kahn so dissatisfied, and probably filled him with such despair, that he repeatedly tried to find meaning in life in little holes surrounded by some hair.

The last thought is not mine but a line from Mehdi Charef, Algerian born French filmmaker and writer.

In hindsight, Strauss-Kahn is a typical case of a false sense of the self, with an unlimited appetite of the ego. A case of 'the more you get, the more you want'. A case of the more the world rewards you with titles and money, the more badly behaved you become.

Why do people do this to the self?

Some even very sophisticated human beings admit to behaving worse than dogs sometimes in order to survive.

Those who know a little more about the motives of a psychopath in the birthplace of Sigmund Freud add that the desire to sexually dominate is rooted in a deep but misplaced anger against a cruel mother. It is the child's way of saying that he, and not the cruel mother, is now, in charge, and free to do as he wants. And the first thing the now in charge man does is to avenge women (read mother) by keeping her in her place. Indeed, rejection by the object of desire fuels the entitlement attitude of the ravished rapist, or that of starving slaves of sexual desire. 

Healing masters talk of creation as the transformation of supreme consciousness into matter. The realisation that material was once spiritual is awareness. This is responsible for the flowering of life, the purpose of which is to make matter consciously reverse its journey back to its original destination of bliss, but this time round in a state of total awareness. However, to members of all highly atomised, individualistic and permissive societies, who look upon self-restraint as self-deprivation, sacrifice as masochism and the acceptance of suffering as the stand of a loser, spirit and matter is nothing more than the figment of the imagination of a nut.

This, of course, is a terrible idea. When the wife of a celebrity like Strauss-Kahn, considered a role model of 'success' by many in the world, says that she is not concerned with what her husband does in other people's bedrooms but only with what she is able to get out of him, then the reality that this couple creates around young people is terrible.

It is time for ordinary people to give up on treating the bold and beautiful like the Strauss-Kahns as role models. Instead, we should ourselves be the change that we want to see in the world.

Every scandal exposing yet another celebrity who has fattened him/herself at the financial and emotional cost of ordinary people is a moment of self-reflection for all of us, and an opportunity to move away towards the opposite direction of life. Author Neale Walsch writes that humanity's future depends on what humanity thinks about itself. It depends on what humanity thinks about life.

"From your thought springs your reality. From your ideas your future emerges. Thus, your beliefs create your behaviours, and your behaviours create your experience. What you believe, therefore, becomes a most important thing," says Walsch, adding that spirituality is nothing more than a fancy word.

This story is from the print issue of Hardnews: JUNE 2011

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