Why is that we all are so annoyed by people who act like they are a really big deal, even if it’s only an occasional act, while wishing we were big deals, denying that we want to be big deals, acting like we believe that wanting to be a big deal is just wrong, trying to figure out how to become a big deal, and being frustrated that we haven’t become a big deal, yet?
Not to mention, that we admire people who are a big deal, at the same time we despise them, and we consume every bit of gossip we can about them from every vanity magazine and television show and website, and gossip-monger we can find, then criticize them for every misstep and flaw, while secretly acknowledging how much of a big deal they are, and wishing we could be their friends, just so we could be a little bigger deal based on the association.
Why are we all driven to be a bigger deal than we are, envying those who really are a big deal, while declaring to everyone who will listen, that we couldn’t care less about being a big deal – that in fact, we’re so relieved we’re not a big deal – while hoping secretly that we’ll become a really big deal before it’s too late for anyone to notice or care?
What’s the big deal, anyway?
I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me.
C.S. Lewis was a big deal, apparently, based on the number of people who quote him (so they’ll seem like a bigger deal because they know what Lewis said), and he said something about none of us being mere mortals; we just have incomplete, flawed perspectives.
Maybe, we’re all really big deals, or at least bigger than we suppose, or we’re intended to be bigger deals, or we’re big deals in God’s view. Maybe that’s why we have such an overwhelming desire to be big deals, and to deny it in the meantime.
Maybe it’s just me. I’ve always wanted to be a big deal, but I’d never admit it. It’s so non-big-deal to have any desire for it.
Oh, the games we play.
Truth is, to a very small group of people, myself included, I am a big deal. Not the biggest, but fairly big. But, if we’re all big deals, then, I’d rather not be one, just so I could be different. If we were all big deals, being a small deal would be far more attractive. Wouldn’t it?
I mean, it’s no big deal to me, of course, but I was just wondering how you see it.
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