I note the final paragraph of an article which appears in yesterday’s Guardian:
“Abuse of power, exploitation of the vulnerable and voiceless, a failure to believe and a tendency within organisations and the establishment to close ranks, are all timeless themes repeatedly exposed as we, as a society, attempt to drop the scales from our eyes.”
The whole situation involving, not just Jimmy Savile, but all those ‘celebrities’ and ‘VIPs’ illustrates one important point to me:
We treat some people with far too much awe and reverence. We allow them to accrue, along with their wealth, too much power.
After all, it doesn’t matter who you are, what you have done or ‘achieved’ in life. When it comes down to it we are all just people; human beings that deserve respect in equal measure.
We should be lauded, not for fame, not for wealth or the power fame and fortune often brings. We should be lauded for how well we treat our fellow beings.
The problem is, if you treat someone like a God, they will come to believe that they are a God, immune from the rules and regulations; the moral behaviour expected of a decent human being.
We as a society need to remind ourselves: It doesn’t matter who we are, we came into this world with nothing other than our humanity; we will leave this world in the same state. All the fame and wealth in the world isn’t going to change that.