I work on behavioural ecology of wasps but nobody should think that I am a greenhorn novice when it comes to human behaviour. To succeed and thrive in this era, only merit is not adequate…PR is imperative, self-promotion, image management and media manipulation are must, and narcissism is not only a sufficient but a necessary pre-requisite. Recognition feeds to more recognition, success brings in more success. Not only that. The whole ball-game seems to have turned upside down…the awarders need a reasonably famous and celebrated person to promote their own award, their own ceremonies and in the end, themselves.
This post should not be mistaken for acrimony, bitterness or a high-collar attitude. It was never there. These are all rules of the game and the reason why I think so casually about all this is I have seen too many people doing this. However, there is definitely a slight contempt towards those who play these games.
I want to be famous, successful and may be one day the allure to play the game to the hilt will be tremendous. Will I do that? Who knows, may be I will, may be I would have found an argument to justify my actions by then.
Right now, however, it seems pathetic and disgusting to actually beg for recognition. No value judgements...I am not making universal statements here, it's just not a right thing for ME. Like a true idealist, I feel it's better to lead an unsuccessful, unrecognized life than stoop to such a level...