Tom Selleck is an acting legend, inspiring and capturing the hearts of generations of Americans through his persuasive roles in numerous television shows and films. While he is one of the most successful people in the media industry, he has not always been as successful in all things.
As a student at University of Southern California in the mid-60’s, Tom was a business major, but his favorite activity was basketball. At 6’4” he was one of the tallest guys on the USC team, which meant that he was assigned to guard, and be guarded by, rival UCLA’s 7’2” center, Lew Alcindor (later know as Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) one of the greatest NBA players of all time. Selleck was a bit outmatched by Alcindor, in fact he was ranked 12th best player on his twelve-man team.
Although he now attributes his success and fortune to Jesus Christ, Tom did not always have a strong faith in Jesus, having admitted that his life as a Christian had been pretty “rocky” at times. But he has always tried to be careful in how he conducts himself. Tom says, “I try very hard to conduct myself in an ethical way because that’s important to my stability now. We’re a culture that’s so centered on the individual. The culture says that basically nothing is more important than the way you feel.”
“We’re living in an age that celebrates unchecked impulses. I work with exceptional kids, gang kids, deprived kids, enlightened kids, and they all have an astounding sense of entitlement. They don’t celebrate earning the privilege of driving at 16. They expect a car. There’s a big difference.”
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Tom Selleck’s point of entitlement is valid, and it has permeated our culture. The answer to the problem is not easy. We have been so blessed as a nation and a culture, we have lost recognition that the blessings come from God and not are our own doing. What is your response to Tom’s perspective?