So, in case you weren’t on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or seen every tabloid from here to kingdom come, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, had a healthy little baby boy (name unannounced at the time of this writing) yesterday–and people have completely lost it. Royal Wedding fever was one thing. Royal baby fever is quite another.
Now, there are a lot of different social factors at work. For one thing, babies are adorable. I see them and I instinctively start making ridiculous noises and faces no matter where I am—even at peasants. Also, British people are fascinating to Americans. I mean, it doesn’t matter how stupid a statement may be, if it’s uttered in a British accent, Americans are likely to think it’s brilliant. (Think Richard Dawkins.) Finally, and closer to the point, our obsession with celebrities—their doings, controversies, health-food purchases—whatever it is, we eat it up.
But why are we so obsessed with celebrities? Simply put, it’s because we have no royalty.
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Agree wholeheartedly with this. I think, for us North Americans – along with celebrity culture – we also have maintained a healthy fascination with the super hero as well. Looking to the uber-mench who has not only the desire to improve our situation and save us from peril, but the power to carry it out. All good and right longings for Jesus.
“But why are we so obsessed with celebrities? Simply put, it’s because we have no royalty.” I still have royalty in my life, albeit if they seem quite removed.
One of my morbid realizations regarding this baby was when I thought: ‘Some day this baby will be my king.’ Then I realized, ‘No, I’m older than his dad, so I’ll probably be dead.’