We treat fame and social media status like currency. We presuppose that anonymity or a lack of engagement trivializes what we do.
Even worse, we let TV and Instagram determine our self-worth.
But what and who matters is rarely popular. No one wants to pull back the curtain and see the sweat and tears of a Van Gogh, who toiled in obscurity his entire living life. He never knew publicity.
Even if you’ve achieved some level of recognition, what you consider your best work will almost always contrast with the public perception.
At the end of the day, humans want to feel necessary. They want to commit themselves to a worthy discipline, whether’s it’s expressed through art or driving an Uber to support the art or vice versa.
It’s a canard to think that fame predetermines whether you matter or not. The most important things in your life are provided by the most anonymous people.
Fame is fake stimuli. If you feel like your work matters, that’s the only placebo you need.