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People, rather than being heroic and their own self, engage in hero worship

People, rather than being heroic and their own self,  engage in hero worship People, rather than being heroic and their own self,  engage in hero worship
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People may, and often do, seek happiness vicariously.

To use Becker's terms, rather than being heroic, rather than being "their own self," they engage in "hero worship." Ironically, the contemporary "heroes" most Americans worship are celebrities, such as movie stars, professional athletes, talk show hosts, and even some politicians. Real heroes are people who either protect an existing way of life (culture) or create a new and better way of life (culture). Today's celebrities typically don't give a "tinker's damn" about either traditional cultural values or improving anyone's life except their own. In other words, they are better seen as leeches who "suck on" the egos of others to enhance their own. We might say celebrities may be considered heroes in pop culture, but pop culture is not truth for happiness.

Pop culture is secular and pleasure oriented; it contains little or no truth for either human existence or happiness.

In a society where many, perhaps a large majority, mistake satisfaction or pleasure for happiness, it is very easy to slide into Huxley's Brave New World." He published this book in 1932, close to the beginning of a decade that followed the Roaring Twenties, which in turn followed the decade of World War I, which produced the feeling that one might as well "eat, drink, and make merry for tomorrow you may die."

In other words, seek pleasure, not happiness.

Brave New World is a world of promiscuous sex, consumerism, and soma, a designer drug that produces an opiate-like "euphoria in unhappiness." The Brave New World is a world of dupes, not unlike a "future world," produced by capitalism, as described in H. G. Wells' The Time Machine. In Wells' future world, weak-willed and docile creatures are kept well fed and satisfied by their masters who live underground . . . until their masters are hungry. Then, these docile creatures march willingly to their fate.

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