What kind of world do we live in where people feel “slighted” when they don’t have statues erected in their honor?
Yes, I’m referring to recent comments made by Lakers great, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Apparently, he feels “slighted” because there hasn’t been a statue erected in his honor in front of Staples Center. In his defense, he probably deserves one; but, do you really complain to the media about it?
I feel like his complaints are a testament to how our culture has come to view praise.
We live in a time where we feel deserving of praise for every accomplishment big or small. I think it stems from the line of thinking that we are all special and unique. Not that that isn’t true, but when we start complaining about not having statues, we’ve taken it to the extreme.
We are all special and unique, but those aren’t reason enough to receive praise and honor. And, when we do something that is simply amazing, we should be surprised and honored to be honored. It shouldn’t be something that is expected.
In Kareem’s case, I hope he gets the praise and honor he deserves. But, I also hope that it is a humbling experience for him and not just another opportunity to feed his ego.
I, myself, need to hear these same words. I hope I don’t complain when I don’t receive praise and honor for something I’ve done. And, if I do, remind me of this post and Kareem.