IMG 0177 Our society has been so divided by the practice and unquestionable promotion
of idolatory behaviour in todays world. 
Most people have heard the 'all too easy' expression about needing to 
Love thy self.

This is all well and good, until we realise that unless we
actually possess,
mortgage free,
the self preserving esteem of
Yes, until we actually accept & return to possess self love we are incapable of giving love to any one.

One cannot give that which
One does not possess.

Emotional awareness to self idolatory behaviour has forever been within nature and seems to be adopted and promoted by all aspects of life where material and social benefits can be achieved through attachment to idolisation of material wares and human endeavours.
Self possessed by,
"Things & stuff".

** A following article from Living Life Fully makes specific mention to children being especially vulnerable to this type of marketing and so we see our sports programs endlessly promoting gambling and alcohol as if either or both of these avoidant behaviours have not been responsible for untold social and family destruction and violence.
Many people aspire to share in the excitement of being associated with winners so that they can be grinners. 
We kid ourselves into believing we are  healed when we "feel good".

Regardless of the cost or damage which is inflicted to achieve those goals.
Article by Living Life Fully.
Idolatry seems to be a common trait among human beings, and rather than lessening as time goes on and we become more "aware," it seems to be growing more widespread as marketing techniques grow ever stronger and more manipulative.  

Idolatry is more than just worshiping false gods--it has to do with elevating simple human beings to a position of power in our lives, a position in which this person has power over us and our actions.

It seems somewhat ironic that as many people in our culture become more spiritually aware of themselves and their surroundings, many, many others are being held back by their infatuations with sports heroes, sports teams, singers, movie stars, race-car drivers, television stars, authors, wrestlers, and many other types of people who are being marketed as something more than human, and people are buying into it. 

It's a sad fact about modern culture that the day after a loss by a football or baseball team in any given city, particularly in an important game, productivity at work decreases as instances of violence and depression and suicide increase.

Why are we putting so much of ourselves into these people and teams? 

They're just people, and most of them aren't all that great--they just happen to have a particular talent that other people can make money from, so they've been elevated into the public eye so that they can start bringing in the cash.  

I've heard singers in church choirs who beat any singers I hear on the radio, but nobody's idolizing them. 
But millions are idolizing the people in the public eye, treating them as if they're something more than human, somebody somehow superior to the rest of us. 

But is it necessarily bad that we idolize them?

I don't believe that the writers of the Bible were concerned only with God getting angry with us if we were to worship false gods. 
It seems pretty clear that they were also looking at the effect of the idolizing on those who were doing it. 

When we idolize another person (or a team, or a cast of a TV show), we're giving that person or team power over us. 
They become somehow more than human, and much of our own identity becomes wrapped up in who they are--or more accurately, who they want you to think they are. 

Ripped Jeans
What happens to our self-image when we look to others to provide us with identity? 

It diminishes, it lessens, and it grows very weak. 

Watch the actions sometime of a person who consistently wears t-shirts of a particular pro wrestler, and see how much of that person's identity consists of posturing and acting just as he thinks the wrestler would. 
That person isn't living a genuine life, but is basing his actions on what he thinks his idol would do. 

It's hard to trust such a person's reactions or emotions, for we don't know if they're genuine or if they're based on his perception of what someone else would do.

It's important to keep in mind that these people are in the public spotlight because other people can make money off of them. 

They want you to idolize them, for that will keep the ratings up, the sales up, the crowds large. 

So they spend huge amounts of money trying to make you believe that these people are more than just people--they're somehow different than the rest of us. 

But the only real difference between us and them is that they have a team of people behind them who are carefully crafting a public image (and who are very well paid to do so). 

This public image is what we base our idolatry on, and it's rarely an accurate image. 

But they know what sells, and they manipulate their audiences into believing that what they present is the "truth," that this image is the true character of the person.

** Children are especially vulnerable to this type of marketing. 
But the marketers have learned that adults, too, are very vulnerable. 

In fact, the vulnerable adults are more than happy to do their best to drag their kids into the idolatry, especially of sports teams, and the obsession becomes a family thing.
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Of course, liking a football team isn't at all a bad thing. 
(Editor addition CRM)
(It isn't all bad to wear ripped jeans or fashionable clothes either.
However if doing so makes one "feel good" then we will benefit by considering how we normally feel,
and recognise this personal self nourishing sensation which allows us to feel connected & included with our fellow human beings

Almost as if our jeans walk the streets
talking to each other
. (Bondi Junction Street Art)

Yes, we are a gregarious species who like to be together, to avoid isolation, or the sense of separation,  'feeling lonely', an uncomfortable feeling to be avoided at all cost.)

Further more watching a game or two on Sunday can be a lot of fun. 
But if my happiness depends on how "my" team does, then I have a problem. 

If I spend my entire week just waiting for the big game to come, then I've spent an entire week out of touch with the present, focusing on a future event. 

If I base my actions on what I think one of the WWF geeks would do, then I'm making a huge mistake, because I'm not practicing being myself, something that we all should practice all the time. 

If I think that life is beautiful just because I happened to score a couple of tickets to a concert or a game, I need to look around and find out why I don't think life is beautiful all the time.

Idolatry takes away our focus on ourselves and our own lives, and it hurts us greatly when we shift our focus away from being the people we were created to be. 

We need to recognize when we're living through others, living vicariously, or when our happiness depends on the actions or success of other people whom we will never meet. 

We were made to be great people, too--it's just that most of us weren't made to spend our lives in the public eye. 

For that, we can be thankful.

Thank you to the web site ** Living Life Fully for this beaut article above.

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