Is Fame a Good or Bad Thing?

Young man, dreaming of fame... - ...but it never came...
London, 1979?
United Kingdom
September 27, 2007 6:12pm CST
Many of us want to be famous. I certainly did when I was younger. Less so now though. Sadly, fame does not automatically make a person happy. Fame can be a great thing; but it can also bring great sadness to the famous. What is your opinion of fame? Do you think it's a good thing; or a bad thing? Or does it depend on the person; type of fame? Let's discuss fame. Do you want to be famous? Or do you see fame as a source of pain?
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19 responses
• India
28 Sep 07
dear carl FAME such an attractive yet a scary word. with fame all your privacy is gone. even if you have a bad stomach it becomes a hot news for the news chhanles. i think i would like to earn o lot of money but not at all at the cost of my freedom and privacy.i would rather like someone else enjoy this status.
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 07
When I was younger, I longed to be a public person; but since then, having grown older, I've come to treasure privacy. Thanks for responding...:o)
@ctrymuziklvr (11059)
• United States
27 Sep 07
I never did and still don't want to be famous. To much responsibility comes with it. I think most of the "famous" take it for granted and think the world owes them something because they can act, sing or whatever they are famous for. I could never understand why rich people get famous because as far as I'm concerned they are just doing a good job at their careers.
• United States
28 Sep 07
Famous people or just moron. I don't like them and never will. I will never become famous.
• United States
28 Sep 07
I never wanted to famous. I rather be rich , but not mega rich because that comes with fame these days.i think that fame can be fun if you are not defined by it. Or it can be deadly too. Before Paris Hilton did her famous tape and got into other trouble, she seemed to be having fun being famous.But on the other hand, we lost Diana because she was famous. If she had been just a rich girlfriend of Dodi's would the paparazzi chase his car?I guess if you think being famous will make you happy, you may be so wrong.
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 07
I agree with you. Happiness comes from within I believe, and fame cannot produce it, at least, not on a permanent basis. There are those who seek fame in the belief that it will make them happy, and when the initial thrill of fame fades, it may be that they despair of ever finding lasting joy. This is sad.
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• United States
29 Sep 07
Yes,they get addicted to all the attention that they don't really feel real joy.
• Pakistan
2 Oct 07
fame is a very difficult thing to understand i we are not famous we want to be and if we become we try our selves to run away from it, its a like faint when you become famous you alway try to change your look because you fall in the competionn of the famous so you try to keep your fame stand or evergreen which is a very difficult work to do i love to become fame as all wants,even i know that its a bad thing but i will go for that
• United Kingdom
2 Oct 07
Yes, you're right. I guess it's a conflict between two deep human needs. There was a time when fame for me was everything; not so much today. I'm OK with the thought that I'll never be famous: once this was very painful to me. Thanks for responding and good luck...
@Arshian (478)
• Pakistan
30 Sep 07
well in my point of view getting fame is a good thing by having fame you are known to each other and it also boosts your social circle
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 07
That is true...:o)
@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
28 Sep 07
Hello Carl. I prefer to have my privacy intact so it's a big no for me when it comes to fame. Sure it sounds and feels great to be widely known by almost every person on the planet, but at what cost? My whole life being hounded by the media in almost every minute? Every thing that I do and every word that comes out of my mouth is under a large microscope. I think it just depends on how a person can handle his own fame. By how far will he let it affect his life and everyday living. Will he let it control him or will he be the one to control it?
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 07
I understand what you are saying. When famous people lose the affection of the public, it must be terrible for them. You have to be really tough to cope with fame; so many famous artists have been enormously sensitive, and that has been their greatness: but the cost for them as you say has been terribly high.
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
28 Sep 07
It all depends, I'd say... partly on how the person handles it, of course, but also on the circumstances under which a person becomes famous. If a child is forced into performing or something by a parent, then it can be a bad thing, if the child doesn't want to be famous or even to be a performer. Some young people are pushed into music, acting, sports, etc. by their parents and they end up being scarred by it.
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 07
You are right. So many gifted child stars have had terribly tragic lives.
@ciades (1624)
• Philippines
28 Sep 07
It can be bad or good. Both of it. It's depend how you will handle it. Being famous is great. Many of us want to be with it. But it never came into my mind to be a famous. I am a simple living person. But yet i am not totally that happy. Not because i am not rich but because i longing for something. I have my family who loves me but i am not that complete. There is still sadness. So, whether you are famous or not. It is doesn't count with it. Its a matter how will you handle your life and how will you live with it:) happy posting.
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 07
I'm sorry there's still sadness in your life. Many of us have unfulfilled parts of us. For me, writing about this online has helped alot. I hope you find that joy...:o)
@GardenGerty (116475)
• United States
28 Sep 07
I have not ever wanted to be famous. I guess I do not like people "looking at" or watching me. I want my privacy. I think that there are some people who handle fame nicely, but on average, it gives them more pain than pleasure. I would totally dislike being so well known that one momentary lapse in any part of my life would guarantee my becoming every one's topic of dinner conversation. More often than not fame brings pain.
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 07
I'm inclined to agree. It is probable that initially, fame provides the newly famous with a tremendous rush of satisfaction and fufillment; but this surely fades, and once it has, it may be that some celebrities are left with a terrible emptiness. Thanks for responding...:o)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Fame is a bit scarey if you ask me. I truly wouldn't want people rushing about to get a picture of me at my best or worst. Even being recognized by people that have never met or barely know is a bit weird. I know a few people who seek fame. Who want to be recognized for their talents. But, I am not sure that they can handle all that comes with it.
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 07
I know what you mean. It may be that had I become famous as I wished, I would not have been able to cope with it, and so come seriously unstuck. Time and again I hear of people ruined by fame; and it makes me realise that the loss of privacy may be a serious issue that some people cannot handle, given the natural human need for privacy. Thanks for responding...:o)
@Perry2007 (2229)
• Philippines
13 Oct 07
Fame is a good thing for me. You get to be heard and even set trends that people will follow. So if you have a chance to get famous by all means be famous. The only thing you have to remember is always put your feet on the ground. Meaning, remember the virtues of Humility, charity and love. teach yourself to follow good virtues because it will bring you more fame than otherwise. regenerate yourself to goodness than degenerate to evil. If you think you can be that, by all means be famous. If you honestly are in doubt. Stay common. leave the fame to others.
@hassanah (387)
• Malaysia
29 Sep 07
I dont want to be famous.I dont like fame because its hard to go out to anywhere because everywhere we go,many people will chase us.
• United States
28 Sep 07
There's two way to answe that question: It is good if you become famous due to a good cause. It is bad when you become famous and what you did is bad. If you're talking about becoming a famous action star or whatsoever..make it sure that you didn't play it nasty. Dream to be a star, yet maintain your good reputation. However, you can seldo find a good action star, or holywoods star who's been link to have a good reputation. I think most of the stars(not all) has a bad effect in our society today.
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
28 Sep 07
well to be famous would be great in one way,where you are making lots of money and meeting new people all the time and get pampered but then it has its down points where you will have hardly any privacy and have the camera people always bothering you,so i guess i wouldnt want to be famous unless no one would bother me and i could live the way i wanted to then i would do it.
• China
28 Sep 07
everything has two side,what you should do is to balance it
@Bunsdk (242)
• Denmark
28 Sep 07
I once dreamed about being a pro soccer player, but not really about being famous. Being famous havent really had anything for me, Im not a spotlight dancer. I would probably even be a "bad" celebrity since I dont really get overly drunk, I dont do much drama, just being generally a bit boring in most parts of my life. Nah thats not for me, I dont need ppl to look at me.
• United States
28 Sep 07
Fame can be a bad thing if people let it become a bad thing. People have to learn how to handle themselves in the public eye once they have that fame.
• Latvia
28 Sep 07
I agree to that it depends on person, I'd like to be famous for something ) I would have a lot of money, but on the other hand paparazzi would make my life awful.. And I won't have personal life.
• China
28 Sep 07
hello ,everybody!it is so want to more and more money that want to be famous!but it is some way of add to money(sorry,i don't how say word) ,if you are super,it will be not decieve to when you doing anything yourself,send off myselfly.i don't know what your opinion.