Andrew Sullivan had an interesting observation about the passing of Michael Jackson
Celebrities and glorified geniuses (genii?) often sacrifice normalcy for their accomplishments and fame, and I would bet the mass majority of them do not even realize this sacrifice. It's just considered par for what's necessary to perpetuate their level of fame or accomplishments, and most people does this on a much smaller scale than it is often done in Hollywood, London, New York City, or wherever famous and noted people are recognized whether it be by the "main-stream media" or medias of a smaller scale, like the academic publishing of such magazines as Nature
. I am more surprised hearing about the famous people who don't hear about having a flaw or quirk. Jackson had it in spades. This seems to be part of the sacrifice.
A shortened life often is part of the bargain the famous and super-accomplished seem to pay much of the time too. I have to wonder if whether that is something worth accepting in exchange for never having an normal life.
Not that being normal is all peaches and cream either. But that's another topic for another day.