Hosni, Ho and Gaga – just being me

What is it that makes us who we are?  The answer, of course, is different at different times in our lives.  When we are young mostly we are simply part of a family and struggle to establish an identity that is slightly separate from the others and to be unique and special.  As we progress through life we take our identity form other things; and for most of us, that means from our careers.  Just ask Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta and Stanley Ho Hung-sun.

Lady Gaga is kicking off her 2011 tour in Atlantic City; Gaga is fascinating to me – not because of her music – but because of her style and the incongruity between her “persona” and the person that shows up for an interview.  Whatever she does, Lady Gaga always looks the part of Lady Gaga, but what Stefani Joanne Angelina says is very different.  In a recent interview she said, “I know people think that I am arrogant.  But my music is all I have and they will just have to let me have something.”  And when Lady Gaga speaks with that little girl voice, she does sound lonely, insecure and very vulnerable Stefani Joanne Angelina.  Of course she does have a couple of things besides her music, she has in excess of one hundred million dollars a year in income and eight million followers on twitter – eat your heart out Hosni.

Stanley Ho Hung-sun, at 89 years old,  seems to be reluctant to give up the stage he has occupied all of his life.  It may just be, that like Lady Gaga, Stanley Ho only has his empire, poor Stanley does, like Gage does have a little money, his fortune is estimated to be in the billions of dollars, but what else does he have but his career?  The Hong Kong Standard has an article on Ho today – he filed another law suit yesterday to get back whatever his wives and children have managed to get.  The Standard‘s writer, Mary Ma, wonders if Stanley is not just having a little fun at the expense of everyone, his children, wives, lawyers, the media, the Macau gaming regulators, the Hong Kong stock market and anyone else following the story. Ms Ma quotes a long-time acquaintance as saying Ho likes to control things, all things, everything.  Calling him the director, choreographer, actor, dancer and audience in a play being performed for his own amusement.   Ma pictures Ho laughing at one and all while standing offstage waiting to for the next act to begin.

Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak did not have 8 million followers, the sense of style or humor of either Lady Gaga or Mr. Ho, he only shared a desire to continue to do what he had always done with them.  I think that is one of the reasons that I don’t think seriously of retirement – my identity is tied up in what I do, not it what I am.  I can only think of a few people who just are – like the Dali Lama – the rest of us are more tied to what we do – and at some point that leads to battle for succession. How do the lyrics from that go?  “Breaking up is so very hard to do.”


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