Our appetite as a society for viewing others’ suffering is insatiable.
Perhaps it’s our desire to lower our perception of others so we feel better about our own fallacies, or perhaps it’s just entertaining to see others in distress, but we, as a society, seem to relish in the tragedy that is the human condition.
Being human is being imperfect. We all know that we are personally imperfect and are well aware of our imperfect thoughts and our imperfect actions, even when no one else ever knows.
Yet, we hold many public figures to a much higher standard. Now I am not condoning or condemning any particular action or behavior here. Each individual makes his or her judgments based upon individual standards we set for ourselves and our perceptions of others.
My observation here is that when we revere a person for some part of their life, we project that they should likely be remarkable in other facets of their life. Then when parts of their life are revealed that don’t meet with our expectations, we condemn them for not living up to those expectations. We particularly become incensed when we believe that person is a role model, perhaps even lifting them up to our children as an example of what can be achieved if one lives the right way.
I can only imagine the life a public figure must lead with the ever-present photography, video, social media, and the rest that constantly exposes their every move and in fact hopes to unveil their very thoughts if possible. Obviously we even witness the exposure of fictitious and overinflated stories in tabloids and the like.
I have heard the argument that these people have chosen to be in the limelight and they should hold themselves to a higher standard because of it.
I guess I believe that we all have challenges in our lives and we all make mistakes.