False Idols

In the recent Hollywood Reporter interview with Natalie Portman, here's what she said about winning the Academy Award for Black Swan:

"I was reading the story of Abraham to my child and talking about, like, not worshiping false idols. And this is literally like gold men. This is lit­er­ally worshiping gold idols — if you worship it. That's why [the Oscar is] not displayed on the wall. It's a false idol."

Awards can be wonderful for spreading the word about great work & inspiring the best in us. But when they become more important than "real" things... when they become a way to feed ego... when they define our identity, chasing awards & achievement can be destructive. 

I continue to find that doing meaningful work & giving your best to make the world a kinder, more beautiful place is the most fulfilling reward.

Here's the full interview with Natalie here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/natalie-portman-sounds-israel-netanyahu-793425