“People who worship idols (stars/celebrities, professional athletes) are people who don’t like themselves, so what they do is live vicariously through other people. When you get to the point when you start loving yourself and focusing on yourself, you will stop worshiping idols, start working on yourself and enjoying YOUR life.” ~ Jason Hairston
Regarding Jason Hairston’s insightful quote, I think there is some truth in that people who worship idols, such as stars/celebrities and professional athletes, tend to lack self-love to some extent, especially if they let their own lives revolve around their idols and think they can never measure up to their idols in terms of talents or abilities or spirituality (if their idols are pastors or worship leaders or singers in the institutional church). For some reasons, people who regularly appear on stage or on-screen seem to be larger than life, and it is perhaps understandable that the audience would have an impression that they are more special than others since they are in the spotlight or limelight and are popular or famous, forgetting that everyone is equally special and precious.
I think that while there is a place for admiration and reverence for people who are well-known and respected in their own fields, worshipping them as idols is another thing altogether, as it tends to cause people to lose sight of their own self-worth and value (as well as forgetting that their idols are also humans who have their own ups and downs and strengths and weaknesses in life). As pointed out by Jason Hairston, when we get to the point when we start loving ourselves and focusing on ourselves, we will stop worshipping idols and start working on ourselves and enjoying our lives.
Yes, we can see ourselves as our own celebrities because we can celebrate ourselves for who we are, uniquely and authentically. We can worship (“worthship”) ourselves because we are worthy and valuable as beloved sons and daughters of God, made in his/her/its divine image and likeness. From that revelation, we can find fulfilment in our lives by loving ourselves and loving others the same way.
”Loving yourself does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others.
Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion.” ~ Margo Anand