The Pedestal Fallacy

As a society, we are quick to put people (i.e., celebrities) we barely know on a pedestal. Almost as quickly as we put them on the proverbial pedestal, they ultimately fail to meet our expectations. We then become disappointed to discover that they are, in fact, just human, with all the grim details that the human condition entails.

No one is perfect, and very few people in the public eye actually live up to society’s expectations. In fact, it seems that those who are advertised as the most pure, the most perfect, and the most humble, end up being the complete opposite.

We need to stop putting people on pedestals. No one deserves to be revered. We’re all just navigating this life the best way that we can. Everyone is equal. No matter a person’s successes, failures, wealth, or power—we’re all just doing what we can to survive, seek happiness, and navigate life’s situations. No one deserves a medal.

Sure, individual acts may deserve commendation, but we so quickly project individual acts onto a person’s entire existence and assume that he or she is better than other people. We need to stop projecting greatness (or malevolence) onto people so easily. Everyone is capable of individual acts worthy of commendation just the same as everyone is capable of individual acts worthy of condemnation.

Society would be better off if people were more skeptical of those hoisted up in front of us for reverence by the media. Seek the truth, and avoid people or media that try to convince you that someone is much better than (or much worse than) everyone else.