Monday, November 21, 2011

A Different Take on Kim Kardashian

Kimberly Noel "Kim" Kardashian[1] (born October 21, 1980[2]) is an American socialite, television personality, model, actress and businesswoman. She is known for the E! reality series that she shares with her family—Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and its spin-offs including Kourtney and Kim Take New York. Kardashian has launched multiple fragrances, guest starred on numerous shows, competed on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and has had roles in movies such as Disaster Movie and Deep in the Valley. Kardashian, along with her sisters Kourtney and Khloé, released an autobiography, Kardashian Konfidential.[3]

The Practical Buddhist Confesses

I had no idea who Ms. Kardashian was, though I noticed her on magazine covers at grocery check-out lanes. 

She’s on Wikipedia.  It turns out she was best friends with Paris Hilton (another young lady about whom my ignorance is deep), appeared in a porno of some kind, then was selected to be star in a reality-TV show about her life. Something like that. 

I also found out she is a great conversation-starter. People quickly polarize into two groups:  those who think she is so cool and amazing and who know every detail of her publicized life and her wardrobe, and those who dismiss her out of hand as the current symbol of silly superficiality, reminding us of everything wrong in our narcissistic and ignorant culture.

I propose a third category: Those who respect and admire Kim, but briefly.  We don't really know anything important about this woman or what is in her heart. Kim is a human being and therefore deserves respect.  She also has great talent for building influence and wealth, and while there is little evidence she has used it to do good, there is even less she has used it to do harm. People of great skill earn admiration.  If and when Kim uses her enormous influence in ways that reduce human suffering she will win not only admiration, but be an example and leader. Meantime, it's probably best to give respect and admiration, but briefly.