The artist Andy Warhol once famously said: "In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." He was right, and his turned out to be a Nostradamus-like statement. Apart from being a brilliant artist, Warhol clearly had an eye for the patterns that were, even then, emerging in our society. A lot has changed since the time he was alive, but one thing has not stopped growing -- our Obsession with Fame and celebrity.

The inherent need for adoration

Most of us are followers, not leaders. The cult of celebrity worship can be traced back to the Stone Age, when our ancestors drew images of those that they admired, those that stood out.

They were worshiped, much like Celebrities are worshipped today. This is simply hardwired into our brains. We want to adore, and we want to be adored.

Today's society isn't much different when it comes to this, except there are more celebrities now than ever, and every single one of us can attempt to become one since the criteria of what makes a person famous have changed and they have changed tremendously.

The repercussions

The rapid development of technology has, undoubtedly, contributed to this. Thanks to social media, everyone now has the opportunity to become famous by, if nothing, shocking the public. While the internet has made the world a lot more democratic, allowing almost everyone to voice their opinion and stand out, it has also blurred the line between celebrity and mediocrity.

American society is particularly obsessed with the rich and famous. The current president of the country is an ex-reality TV star. What are the repercussions and consequences of our obsession with fame and those that are famous? It looks like we have found another way to escape from ourselves and to live through others.

Our inclination to adore does not have to be bad in itself, but if we want to evolve and make progress as a society, we need to divorce ourselves from this mentality.

We need to learn to appreciate what really matters. What do we value? Entertainment, violence, and blood seem to be our main obsession. What have we become and how much is this hurting us?

Those are questions that will remain unanswered for decades to come, but unless we find a way to combat and annul mediocrity, we will not blossom into the society that we should become. We will, instead, devolve and stay focused on banalities, cheap emotions, and shallow entertainment.