Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Thomas Elliot, Superstar

The King of all Social experiments posted on Youtube on April 9th as the Regular-Joe-Nobody, Thomas Elliot pretended to be a famous actor from Hollywood.  With the help of a few friends that began swooning over him, taking pictures, and video it wasn't long before the entire mall was buzzing about his presence.

Within minutes he not only had a Security Guard detail escorting him from store to store but in some cases the large crowds he attracted caused stores to close.  People were asking for photos, autographs, and even letting him hold their babies all the while asking "Who is this guy?"

My interest in this story goes well beyond my respect for a well-planned, well-executed prank.  This is a commentary on who we are as a society.  Ever craving an association with an important person, event, or movement...we flock to the nearest ones as soon as we hear about them.  Perhaps we do this because we are silly sheeple.  Perhaps we do this in effort to "share" in the perceived importance level and somehow their light becomes our own.  Perhaps we do this because God naturally puts in us the desire for purpose & meaning.

Unfortunately the desire for purpose and meaning often sends us down rabbit trails to unfulfilled destinations.  A God-shaped vacuum can only be filled with God Himself.

What do you think? What do you believe this says about about society?


Jessica said...

Pretty incredible! I don't have much else to contribute, but I read your blog every time you post and enjoy your insights and didn't want to just read and run. Thanks for the great reads!

Jim said...

Thanks Jessica! That means a lot to me.