Tag Archives: Perfection

Perfection: Popularity

13 Mar

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

People become popular after showing their talents or skills to the other people around the world. It can be either in singing, giving a speech, dancing and others. Now, one of the person who earned his fame in an early age is Justin Bieber. People all around the world listen to his songs and are crazy for him. People love him for his songs, his appearance and his hairstyle. This picture clearly portrays the popularity of Justin Bieber. This can be distinguished by looking at the people behind him as they are taking photos of Justin Bieber and shouting out his name. This indicates that he’s worshipped and loved by many people because of his songs and his relationship status. Some people might call this Justin Fever. His debut album which was “One Time” was selected for top ten in Canada after its release. He was the first one to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100. He became more popular when people began to watch his videos on Youtube whether people were mocking at him or admiring him for his cool outfit or his hairstyle. One of his songs known as “Baby” was ranked as most viewed, most discussed and most liked on Youtube. To expand his popularity and status, he also made a movie in 3D known as “Never Say Never” which had the biggest opening weekend for a concert film.

Lindsay Lohan

Many celebrities are popular but at the same time they each have flaws whether if it’s their appearance, their beauty, or their personal life. One of the celebrities who is popular but have a bad reputation is Lindsay Lohan. She’s popular for her roles in different movies such as “Freaky Friday”, “Parent Trap” and “Mean Girls”. From 2006 to 2007, Lohan became more popular for her involvement with drugs and in the state of being drunk while driving a car. On July 6th, 2010, Lohan was sentenced to jail for 90 days because she had violated the terms of her probation of not coming to DUI hearing which was scheduled on May. This picture illustrates that she’s on drugs which can be distinguished by the mumbling from her mouth and the closing of her eyes which indicates that she had no sense during that time. This also shows that she’s not perfect completely which contrast to Justin Bieber’s status.

Ghandhi

 This is a picture of Ghandhi which represents perfection in popularity. He wasn’t famous for his talents or his skills. He didn’t wear any chains or hoodies to become popular. He was a simple man who spread wise words around the world to influence others to become better human beings. He was well known for his good cause such as expanding human rights, diminishing poverty and uniting different religious sects in India. He helped people not because he had to. He helped them because he wanted to. His influence on people and his wise words made him popular around the whole world which is perfect.

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Perfection: Success

10 Mar

From expanding a family business into a real-estate organization (the Trump Organization), running an NBC TV show and writing bestselling books, Donald Trump embodies the typical qualities of success and has become an icon for it, as the media does well to portray. He has even been rumored as being a future candidate for President of the United States.

It is quite likely that anywhere you go, you will find yourself in an area or come across a building associated with the man, or with one of his organizations. In other words, he is extravagant, and wears his success and wealth on his sleeve, despite not being as wealthy as someone like Bill Gates. The picture below does well to show his power and influence, especially in the business world. He has a confident, no-nonsense look on his face, and is ironically making a hand gesture resembling the one used by Mussolini and Hitler- again, a symbol of power perhaps. He is also wearing a suit, and is always very polished and business-like.

Bill Gates is considered one of the world’s richest people, and through founding Microsoft, has become an icon for success, particularly in the business world.  Gates achieved success in his career after a few failures, and success was not something that simply came to him, but rather, he worked hard for it, as working hard and applying your knowledge is what he strongly believes in. His story is similar to many other successful people, as his academic achievement was so great, that he grew bored of school and later became an enrolled student at Harvard University.

After a year of experimenting with computers and struggling over his interests and passions, Gates dropped out of Harvard and later developed Microsoft, all because he had a “vision”, which became his reality (kind of like the Pygmalion Effect). Thus, Bill Gates was not successful by luck, but rather through hard work and intelligence.  While Gates may not be a direct representative of “perfection” in media, nor even in person, he does represent success and wealth, which is what many these days associated with perfection, particularly those of a business mind.

Unlike Donald Trump, who’s climb to success was based on a divergent vision, Gates’ path became much more convergent over time. Also, notice the difference in appearance between the two pictures. Trump’s formal attire is in stark contrast to Gates’ casual, comfortable one, despite the fact that Gates is much wealthier. If you were to hold up both of these pictures, people are more likely to associate Trump with “success” than Gates. Perhaps, Gates’ attire is emphasizing his stereotype, be it subconsciously or consciously. Also, Gates does not showcase his wealth as Trump does, and appears to have a more selfless attitude, as seen by his philanthropic actions. He has even claimed that he will donate a lot o his money once he retires. In terms of the bigger picture, this means that there is more than one path to success and that everyone has different interpretations of it.

Perfection: Social Structure

9 Mar
Statue showing the average soviet man and woman wielding a hammer and sickle

The cover of a famous documentary by Michael Moore "Capitalism: A Love Story"

              Socialism mounted to power in Russia after forcing the Tsarist regime into abdication. Russia was lagging behind all industrial powers of Europe in production of goods. Socialism seemed as the perfect discipline which could eradicate the humongous gap between Russia’s potential and actual production. Socialism in theory is a political discipline in which all resources in a society are shared equally and all members of that society are equal and work together to achieve a set goal. The creators of basic ideas of socialism, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, had presumed that if this system would be put into practice it would perfect society. If implied without alteration socialism aimed to improve living standards, abolish differences in social status to perfect society in the long run.

               During the years when the Socialist Party had established the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, equality was regarded as perfection. The equality of all members of society men women, as well as different nations within the USSR borders was regarded as an essential factor to Soviet success. Social issues could be resolved this way leading to political stability and economic growth, which was mainly the reason for such advertisement and provision of equality. The Soviet advertisement or propaganda was so powerful that all members of this communist society believed that equality was the perfect social status which had been achieved in the USSR.

               One may consider Socialism and Capitalism as complete opposites. Despite that there have been points in History when these systems have been extremely similar in practice; the theories are opposite. The extreme contrast can be seen in the inequality which the Capitalist system causes. The socialist system can be seen as all socialist men and women of different nations as equal workers with equal rations. On the other hand the capitalist photo shows a man hiding a sack of money and disguising himself as a patriot by waving a small American flag. This shows the corruptibility and inequality which the capitalist system has led to in some cases. This is exactly what most of the general Soviet population believed.

               Thus leading back into the idea of perfection one can see that during the reign of Vladimir Lenin perfection in the Soviet republics, for example Azerbaijan was seen as equality. While today capitalism is considered as the perfect system because of its victory over communism, and the fact that it has adapted through years of tough mending to be the most sophisticated social system. Although one would like to conclude by saying that it is average human behavior to ruin perfect equality, and systems which restrict such behavior lead to failure. Thus a perfect social structure where all members of society are equal is impossible to achieve.