(161): Social media fame: A quick take
Too many people desperately seek cheap popularity
on social media (SM). They include socialites, self-identified religious
scholars and ordinary people. The first category, such as Murja Ibrahim,
doesn't surprise me. Their followers astonish me. But the second and third
categories astound me.
The "religious scholars" mindlessly chase fame (and fortune)
on SM today. It's common to see a benighted person countering an established
scholar over what he barely understands. I came across one a while ago trying
to debunk a theological discourse using baseless claims. He struggled to recite
the Qur'an before him.
The third category hides behind "catching
cruise", whatever that means. Someone shared that viral tweet by parody
accounts of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg yesterday. People called his
attention to the fact that they were parody accounts. He admitted knowing that
but added that he was only "catching cruise". What is that, for God's
Fame can be a heavy load to carry, but it can also be a powerful tool for good. It can equally deceive you into believing that "you made it" in life while you are, in fact, still a neophyte, a nobody. Thus, don't chase or catch it if you are not ready or capable of handling it skillfully.
And, yes, remember that famous or not, it doesn't
matter in the end. You may lose your popularity while still alive, which hurts
so much, according to many people.
Also, remember death. Try to leave good digital
footprints, traces your loved ones will be proud of after you are gone. It's
difficult to do that if you only care about fame and nothing but fame.
Let's focus more on creating meaningful connections
instead. The number, large or small, should not bother you. May we be guided,