How do you know the difference between a delusion and a goal that is simply hard to attain? It seems that we’re given conflicting messages from the time we’re children: reach for the stars, but don’t be what you’re not. How do you know which is which?
I’ve been thinking about this because I’ve been thinking about that time in the ’80s when Eddie Murphy wanted to be a “serious” pop singer, and he just wound up confusing and disappointing the general public. Was he delusional to think he could be a celebrated musician, or did he just give up too soon? After all, before his foray into “real” pop music, he had already crafted one of the first masterpieces of hip hop: