I pity celebrities, no I really do – Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Barbara Streisand were once perfectly pleasant human beings. But now their wrath is awful. I think when God wants to play a really rotten practical joke on you he grants you your deepest wish and then laughs merrily when you realize you want to kill yourself. You see Sly, Bruce, and Barbara wanted fame. They worked, they pushed and the morning after each of them became famous they wanted to take an overdose. Because that giant thing they were striving for, that fame thing that was going to make everything OK, that was going to make their lives bearable, that was going to provide them with personal fulfilment and happiness had happened and they were still them. The disillusionment turned them howling and insufferable. – Cynthia Heimel, “Tongue in Chic” column in The Village Voice, January 2, 1990.

 

Taken from Tim Keller’s great book Counterfeit Gods
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