“In a world where celebrity equals talent, and where make-believe is called reality, it is the most important to have real love, truth and stability in your life.” – Bernie Brillstein (Film & television producer)
I am always amazed at a industry that thrives on feeding us the un-reality of life…and then one of them comes out with this reality check. This statement is so true at the outset….but as I take a closer look at this statement…in some ways it can be perceived as an un-realistic perspective.
The first part of this quote rings true…working in youth ministry for the past 18 years…you see it on a daily basis. There is the constant pressure on our children to idolize those with talent and set them apart as celebrities. The issue is that we as a society have taken it a step further – we bombard these kids with messages that say they need to do whatever it takes to strive to become these celebrities. All these pressures and messages conjured up and created in a make believe world!
The final sentence at first sight…seems so true…it gave me the warm fuzzies! Real love? I fully agree…with that…but how many people have experience real love? Real love which for most equals human love…just ain’t going to do it. Real love which everyone needs to be experienced in described so clearly in 1 Corinthians 13 where it reads…” 1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
What about truth and stability? Last time I checked our culture has a tough time believing there is any form of truth…all is relative. We’ve heard the sayings….”what’s good for you, may not be right for me….as long as nobody gets hurt….what’s the big deal”. It’s hard to experience truth if it’s not a foundation of your belief system.
The there is the whole idea of stability…stability in what? Maybe the author was trying to portray security…since it is something that we all strive for…security in our relationships, vocation, and finances. Either way this quote gave me a great deal to consider…It has challenged me once again to re-evaluate how I perceive life and what is truly important.