Awareness of an audience
“Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.” — Eric Hoffer
While I’m not sure Hoffer’s assertion is 100% correct (and it may depend upon how “glory” is defined), he definitely has a point. Certainly many types of glory for which people strive are closely connected with adulation, admiration or adoration. But such striving also comes with the distinct possibility of failure; hence the common saying, “no guts, no glory.”
If “glory” is defined as widespread praise and fame, I think we would certainly do well to avoid seeking it. In the first place, we’ll get distracted from our priorities if we are always playing to the reactions of the crowd. And besides, the audience we may imagine is probably much smaller in real life than in our own minds. In reality, most people are focused on their own day, their own troubles and efforts. It’s a bit narcissistic to suppose that people are watching us as closely as we watch ourselves.
So relax! While it’s more easily said than done, we will be much happier and more productive if we don’t worry about what our imaginary audience may be thinking. If we lose our self-consciousness by concentrating on things we know to be good, right and honorable, the rest will take care of itself. Kudos to everyone with the guts to disregard glory!