September 15th, 2009 21:28 EST
Serena Williams. Michael Jordan. Roger Federer. Kanye West. Cheronda Guyton. Today`s society is filled with names of individuals who have immense talent and responsibility, but little self-restraint. Rude outbursts, inappropriate behavior, and blatant inconsideration have been excused in the name of competitive spirit and personal nuance and heads have turned while eyes looked the other way in an effort to minimize what "regular people" would have been called to the carpet for and ushered into new careers.
As a young child, one of my favorite teachings from the Christian Scriptures included the concept that Spider-Man has made famous: with great power comes great responsibility. That is to say, "to whom much is given, much is required." This concept could be no truer when we ponder those who have incredible opportunity, but seem to not take into consideration all that opportunity brings. With celebrity and fame, come higher scrutiny and greater expectation. You don`t get one without the other.
What is it about the human nature that craves attention and power, but shuns the accountability that accompanies it? Why do we find that the most successful and privileged of us seem to disregard the privilege with which we`ve been blessed? What distraction has lulled society, and those most sought among us, to sleep while there is yet work to do in terms of the specific tasks at hand?
In the search for the American dream, many have found that it is just that, a dream. It is time for us to awaken to reality and the accompanying accountability. Likewise, it is time for those of us who have been given awesome gifts and talents, no matter your economic station, to awaken to the realization that there is a cost associated with the incredible treasure we say we want. If this is indeed true, we must pay the price or suffer the loss.