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Popularity and Fame

[743] Popularity presupposes a sufficient identification with the popular person: One wishes for to be in a certain way just like zer. Popularity does not presuppose fame: Mostly, this is opposed to popularity. With all esteem for L one cannot say that ze is popular. Popularity presupposes a waiver of certain features: astringence and veraciousness e.g. are mostly opposed to popularity.

[744] A too great distance from the average also prevents popularity: Exceptional people are usually not popular also. One should not aspire to popularity for its own sake, since L wants the creature developed in the best sense across the worlds. One can be popular and a bad or less developed person. If we want to approach L, we often have to offer up our popularity.

[745] To be always friendly and nice does not constrain popularity, but promotes it like popular opinions. Cooperativeness and willingness to make sacrifices with respect to others aggrandises as well. But also natural gifts like looking well may increase the popularity. The facade may suffice to be popular. But L looks behind the facade. A wrong word can destroy popularity. People are in this respect often mercilessly.

[746] In order to be popular, you have to please many people: Popularity presupposes wide agreement. There are yet people who have little use for popular persons (e.g. because they are totally different than these). Who had a severe fate experiences more commiseration and compassion than the experience to be popular. Great personalities can be popular because of what they do. They can also be very unpopular.

[747] Views on great personalities may differ: popular for these people, unpopular for those. Incomprehensibility and genius generate rather deference and respect than popularity. Who wants to develop, loses sight of zis popularity: ze turns to the greatest extent to L and serves zer. L can demand what ze wants, and ze is deft enough to get it how ze wants to.

[753] One experiences fame for great performances, which one should have delivered by oneself. However, it happens that one enjoys fame because of the performance of somebody else: Legally, for example, by sharing zis name, or undeservedly by declaring a foreign performance for one's own. Some are in the shadow of a famous person: in a positive sense, by participating, or in a negative, by suffering from zis fame.

[754] Fame always presupposes awareness in a larger environment. One can try to evade the consequences of fame by cutting oneself off from it. This can go up to self denial and change of identity. Fame alters the personality and should change the character if need be for the better. Fame has the sunny side of agreement, popularity and admiration as well as the improvement of living conditions.

[755] Fame has the dark side of personal protection (bodyguards), stalking, the loss of an uncoerced and unobserved life (weight of expectation), and may entail a pejoration in the living conditions. Fame can only be extended by the greatness of the performance and follow-up actions. Short-term or faux fame can also do harm. One must learn to lead a normal life again.

[756] Fame is inevitable for certain performances. We should accept certainly if somebody wants to lead a widely normal life. Some performances can only be delivered if one is not exposed to the consequences of fame. Fame is due to relatively few people, yet performances, one would have been famous with in earlier times, are nowadays delivered by many. Fame is scheduled in the life plan.

[757] Is fame not mentioned there, one can not become famous, too. If we know it about someone, we should bear in mind that ze is famous. This considerateness prepares for zer. We are no nuisance to famous people, but we do not curry favour with them exaggeratedly, too. We know that fame comes from L and presupposes as a rule great performances: we accept this ungrudgingly. Fame will not pass by us.

[758] We have in some way or other any experience: Not up to any extent and with any severity, but in the way L likes it. Who is not popular or famous, has not to have a bad life, on the contrary: it may be that ze lacks for nothing and has a healthy distance up- and downwards. L is not to label as famous: Ze stands far above the appreciation of similar people.

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