A column from the distant past.
Being glamorous and having the ability to stand before a set of cameras with ease and being well-paid for these scarce traits do not translate into being in possession of a brilliant, or even a philosophical, mind.
It’s always amusing to watch the spectacle of a Hollywood star trying to play Plato before their hordes of teen admirers.
Take Tom Cruise, for example. Evangelist for Scientology, which teaches—well, look it up on Wikipedia. Or better yet, don’t. It’s enough to say that the Church of Scientology was founded by L. Ron Hubbard, who purportedly once said, “The best way to make a million is to start your own church.”
To which I must add, as did Mr. Cruise, that Scientology considers the major threat to the world to be the corrupt cabal of psychiatrists, who will be replaced in the New World Order by—do I have to say?—the Church of Scientology, which is dedicated to the development of the human spirit.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but haven’t about half the religions and philosophies since King Tut been “dedicated to the development of the human spirit”? The other half have tried to develop the economic and political and material injustices foisted on the general population by their opponents, who are often as not the ones who are dedicated to the development of the human spirit.
Final exam: Choose an example of a Hollywood philosopher; in 25 words or less, state in full his or her beliefs, but without using the phrases “human spirit” or “injustices.” You have 15 minutes. You may begin.
P.S. Some of you may have concluded that the phrase "Hollywood Philosophers" is a contradiction in terms. The remainder has doubtless concluded that it is a null category.